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  • Currency News from Currencies Direct

    Posted Mon at 4:52 PM by Gaynor Procter-Smith

    Transferring your money at the right time When sending money overseas, making the right decisions,including the transfer time, is essential. This may seem a bit daunting, but don't worry, currency transfer specialists have developed many tools to help you get it right, and avoid losing out in poor...

  • TO RISK OR NOT TO RISK?

    Posted Mon at 12:58 PM by Sue Cross

    Every day of our lives we take risks, although some of the time we are unaware of it. For instance, we take a risk every time we hurry down the stairs to answer the door. We could fall and cause ourselves injury but we give it little thought. Some of us enjoy the challenge of taking risks, while oth...

  • Costa Women Meet .... Jannice Jones

    Posted Mon at 12:02 PM by Ali Meehan

    Sit back and "listen to the music" in our interview this week with Jannice Jones -   singer, songwriter and just about to launch of her new Album with Karn Harding "Woman In My Prime". Fiona talks to Jannice about the "costawomen" affect and how music tells her story about love, loss and f...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 11 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Democracy is an ideal of the western world. We associate it with values like equality, justice and freedom. We want it in our countries, our jobs and families. We want to be treated in democratic way: to be taken into consideration and listened to. Democracy feels right. It is easy to notice and cr...

  • Why Should You Eat Carbs

    Posted August 10 by Susan Watkins

    Along the whole dieting spectrum Carbohydrates (carbs) seem to be the enemy! Unless you know how to manipulate your lifestyle enough to deal with excess carbs they do not sit on your body as fat.  The aim of this blog is to help you understand carbs, why you need them? The different types of ...

  • Another Face of Spain

    Posted August 2 by Rosalie Marsh

    Another Face of Spain. Posted by Rosalie Marsh Tue at 13:01 - Filed in Spain - #Pais de Basque  #Burgos  #Salamanca  #Galicia  - 0 views We have spent many happy hours exploring our beloved Andalucia. We have ridden down the ...

  • Can mindfulness drawing help?

    Posted August 2 by Karoliina Kosmaa

    Have you wondered if there’s something else than sitting down in lotus position to help you feel more relaxed? Most of us have heard of meditation. Usually when we hear the word ‘meditation’ we get the image of sitting down and focusing on breathing. I have used creative met...

  • Self Discipline

    Posted August 1 by Inez Robinson

    Isn’t easy. Working for yourself has so many positives, and most people only concentrate on that. Which is good. But then they forget, or omit, the less than positive side. The discipline needed. It’s a skill one learns and instills. Not everyone automatically has it. I myself ...

  • My Decision to Quit

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

      A few years ago  I decided to quit smoking. The truth is without excuse or apology I enjoyed a cigarette and came to use smoking as a reward system for myself. Whether it was after a hard days work, pulling off a successful deal, finishing the ironing or any completion of a task ...

  • Can you make confidence happen?

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

      Well can you? As long as you sit and think about it confidence won’t come knocking on your door. You can read about it, discuss it with friends and even seek advice from a mentor. That will certainly help you understand confidence or why you’re lacking it but it won’t ac...

  • Do You Need A Goal or a System ?

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    This Is a question you probably never ask yourself and yet you should because the answer makes a huge difference in terms of results. Especially for things you’d like to achieve in your life time. Owning a successful business,getting a better body, relocating t...

  • What does Scarlett Moffatt have to do with you starting a busin

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    In case you didn’t know: Scarlett is a young woman from the North East of England who first came onto my radar as one of the Channel 4 “Goggleboxers” in 2014. Her job on the show is to simply watch TV from the comfort of her own sofa and comment on the programmes she’s watc...

  • Unknowns mixed with fear are what’s holding you back

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    When deciding whether or not to start a business it’s usually a combination of the unknowns mixed with fear that holds you back. If you’re feeling that way this tells me 3 things about you 1: you have the good sense to know this is not a walk in the park 2: you have to find out wha...

  • Why you should always plan your website

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

      It helps to know what you’re doing before you build your website. Today I want to give you a heads up as to the what and the why of your website in terms of saving you time and money as well as making sure you end up with a website that works for you a...

  • How to get from career to calling in 5 easy steps

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

      Your career is what you’re paid for your calling is what you’re made for   I absolutely love the line above and whenever I say it to women; I see light bulbs coming on all over the place. How did you feel when you read it? It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that you...

  • What is a 6 figure launch and how do you make it happen?

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    Okay for the uninformed, the newbie and the start – up or the brave: Whatever you want to call yourself, I want to break something down for you. You may not like it, you may feel disappointed even disillusioned but at least you’ll know the truth and be able to make a decision on what t...

  • Overcomer Series with Dee Coxon

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    Recently a snapshot of my business journey has been featured in the overcomer series. Feel free to have a read and see if any of this resonates with you! Growing up, did you always dream that you would be doing what you’re doing now? Read More

  • Why your critics aren’t the ones who count

    Posted July 31 by Dee Coxon

    There comes a time when we all experience life changing moments and as women we’ve usually experienced a few more than most. I wanted to share with you a moment that touched me so deeply I was moved to tears and found myself shouting at the screen saying “Oh My God That’s Me&rd...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 16 by Izabela L-Sletner

    It happens that people get on my nerves. I can feel apprehensive, irritated and impatient with strangers as well as with the closest ones. And I will start looking for reasons and solutions to that irritation by correcting (in my imagination) the other person. If only she behaved differently; if on...

  • A Message to All Our Children...

    Posted July 1 by Barbara Franken

        Contrary to what you may of learned, YOU are the centre of the universe and can best dive deep and get to KNOW yourself and your heart desires, become your own best friend and LOVE and TRUST yourself like no other.   Be clear in your intentions, in questioning yourself and...

  • What does perfectionism have to do with the heart (and your abi

    Posted June 29 by Melissa Bitz

    Does the phrase "striving but never arriving" describe how your feel in your biz?  What this looks like:  >>You feel you know your shit, you have the knowledge, the brilliance, wicked skills and awesome at what you do, but aren´t really receiving the goodies (read: not only m...

  • Could a Vow to Be Perfect be sabotaging your business?

    Posted June 14 by Melissa Bitz

        Raise your hands if the term "massive action" just puts you off? I mean, am I the only one that becomes more paralyzed when I hear it? What does it even mean? How much action is "massive" and, more important, am I doing enough to be considered "massive"? (highly unlikely because t...

  • Costa Women Meet .... Phillipa Sudron

    Posted June 10 by Ali Meehan

    In this week's interview we talk to Phillipa.  Phillipa lives in Velez Malaga where she has created a new tourism website to share all that is good about the Town.  Hello Phillipa - tell us about your life before Spain  I started my first business when I was 17.  My parents w...

  • Increase your Facebook Organic reach for FREE!

    Posted June 7 by Fiona Catchpowle

    I’ve been using the new-ish style of Facebook Call to Action posts for a while now on the Pages I manage for others and I have found a significant increase in engagement, reach (10-20%)* and actions taken by the end user - I know this as we are getting more calls or messages in the bricks & mo...

  • Are YOU Choosing Fear or Love...

    Posted June 6 by Barbara Franken

        As one part of my journey was coming to an end and I was allowing a new beginning to unfold, I wrote in my book Your Magnificent Self… A Journey To Freedom the following words…   ‘I will continue to dissolve everything th...

  • How to take part in a Costa Women Zoom

    Posted June 5 by Fiona Catchpowle

    Costa WomenZoom are our new video interview platformStarted back in February 2014 as an experiment, the video interviews originally as Google Hangouts have now become a staple part of the Costa Women diet. What is a Zoom?It's a 2 way video chat (a bit like Skype or Facebook Video Call) that is recor...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 4 by Izabela L-Sletner

    How about having a glass of wine? Red, smooth and dry; you watch it being poured into a glass, then you smell it and taste it holding it in your mouth for a second and then, very quickly you are being carried away to some memory, some other place at another time, with different people in a different...

  • Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks

    Posted June 4 by Ali Meehan

    In the past few weeks, ransomware has stolen the headlines of many newspapers. But beforehand, let's be honest, who was really knowledgeable about online threats and daily online attacks? Or even who REALLY cared? Raise your hands if you think that working from your iPhone or Mac is enough to protec...

  • CAN COMPASSION CHANGE SOCIETY TABOOS: MENTAL HEALTH?

    Posted May 28 by Barbara Franken

        Society is riddled with taboos and one of the strongest, lives as a parasite in the issue around MENTAL HEALTH. Today most families are affcted in some way, but its no good pointing the finger... because each one of us is responsible for following the social norm of what is acc...

  • Need to Know - Tips for Moving to Spain

    Posted May 21 by Ali Meehan

    Recently, on the costawomen.com Facebook page, I asked for one tip our Facebook Friends would give to someone moving to Spain. The responses ranged from research before you move here, embracing the culture and the all important – learning the language.   Thinking about taking the plunge...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 14 by Izabela L-Sletner

    -“I feel lonely”- said a person to me. It surprised me and I thought: “But you have a husband and children, family and friends, you have a dog, a house and a good work; you are not lonely.” But I didn’t say that. I hold my tongue and I hold a moment silence to find pro...

  • Contributors for New Book Needed

    Posted May 10 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Everyone - I had posted this elsewhere, but can't find it now so here it is again! I'm drafting my first book under my MoneySaverSpain brand: How to Make Extra Cash In Spain and I'm looking for people who would like to contribute how they've managed to make a bit of extra money, however qui...

  • Online dating dilemmas... Those moments that leave us scratchin

    Posted May 9 by Katie May

    Online dating dilemmas... Those moments that leave us scratching our heads.   Over the years we've had all sorts of weird, wonderful and wicked dilemmas, and thankfully here at Expat Dating we are fortunate enough to have our very own agony aunt.We asked some of our members to share their que...

  • Women Wellness - Immune System

    Posted May 5 by Aly Farmer

    The Immune system is very complexed and variable. This is something we need to learn about for optium health. A few things we should consider are that the food we eat is grown in soil that is depleted of the nutrients we need, so we should replace them as well as eating a healthy diet of a variety o...

  • Are you committed to professional development and networking?

    Posted May 5 by Georgina Shaw

    One of the most important investments you can make in your business is training, development and networking. By attending regular training courses you will get new ideas, skills and perspectives, which will inspire and motivate you to improve the way you to business. During networking, you aren't ju...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 1 by Izabela L-Sletner

    What is a difference between wanting a pair of Louboutin’s red-soled shoes and wanting to help a suffering person? What is a difference between wanting to climb Kilimanjaro and wanting to walk Camino de Compostela? What is a difference between wanting to eat a gourmet dinner and wanting to bec...

  • 20 Free Apps to move around Spain

    Posted April 27 by Elena Zurriaga

    Recently I was reading a FB post related to the use of specific apps and came to me the idea of writing this blog.   Using virtual tools is a time and money-saver, it promotes business organization, management and in distance collaboration.   Speaking on this subject…What abou...

  • Where in Spain is the best place for your first date?

    Posted April 26 by Katie May

    Spain – sun, sea, food, drink and glorious places to see! – With all the choice, where would you meet on your first date with expatdatingspain.com  Cocktails at the beach would be most people’s idea of heaven! How could a first date fail over a Tinto de Verano or a simpl...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 18 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Spring is in the air. Love is in the air-this beautiful, fascinating and confusing something. So how about it, Love-I mean. Let’s have a closer look at it, let’s poke it a little.   I can start by ridiculing it because Love is silly, quite stupid and unintelligent. Yes, it does not...

  • Women Wellness - Energise your lifestyle

    Posted April 16 by Aly Farmer

      ENERGISE YOUR LIFE - Recharge your energy levels with tips for a healthier lifestyle - The more energy we have, the more we do and the happier we feel. Energy is our Fuel; - we need it to get up in the morning, to get through the day and to relax. To keep up your energy levels, you...

  • How to be Fearless on Facebook

    Posted April 13 by Fiona Catchpowle

    When it comes to social media, and especially Facebook too many people build obstacles in their way to getting started, before you can even contemplate a strategy or make a sale.   Having spoken to many business owners over the last 12 months, and most being members of Costa Women, I keep h...

  • New for summer – sandals as comfy as they are stylish!

    Posted April 13 by Emmie Cross

    Introducing Vionic sandals at the Bodyworks Clinic. Podiatrist approved, designed in style   Good Foundations It’s not news that for many people an insole or orthotic in their shoe will make their feet (ankles, knees, hips, backs . . . ) more comfortable. So many people can tell a st...

  • Top 5 tactics for growing your business on Facebook

    Posted April 8 by Estefania Rodriguez Orta

    Gone are the days of being limited to local area marketing, newspapers and magazines. There are an unlimited amount of clients out there that need your services + products right now! You just need to reach them - that's the hard part right? No, not with my easy to follow Top 5 tactics to reac...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 2 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Today I would like to dwell on a subject of attachment- this invisible but powerful connection we have with ideas, thoughts, stories, people… Attachment is a kind of mental glue that holds us joined with something or somebody so close that we seem to be one. We can’t imagine separation....

  • ANY SCANDINAVIANS IN GIRONA AREA.???

    Posted March 29 by Ann Pike Slotta

    Hi I am very much looking forward to meeting some of you on Saturday in Girona. Last week I met up with Loraine Hilton whom I was "introduced "to via Costa Women. And through Loraine I got the name of another lady here in Calonge ,and we will soon find a day to meet. But I wonder do any of the mem...

  • Women Wellness - Chemical Reaction

    Posted March 27 by Aly Farmer

    The role of the immune system is to protect us from foreign invaders, such as bacteria, but today chemicals and manmade substances that are in our food, beauty products, hygiene and cleaning products are fighting and winning the battle. This is because the chemicals suppress our bodies in ...

  • A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE

    Posted March 24 by Sue Cross

    A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE by Sue Cross Purpose is not always addressed until something or someone significant is removed from our lives. It could be children growing up and flying the nest as they go to university or perhaps move to another city or country. Or maybe, like some famous sports or the...

  • Entrepreneur Over 40'?

    Posted March 21 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Everyone - asking for a favour! I'm in the process of launching my first business in Spanish: Femprendiendo -  a community for Spanish-speaking would-be entrepreneurs or those who've already embarked on the adventure. Aimed at women over-40 (more or less!), the Facebook community ...

  • NIE: The Essential Procedure being an expat in Spain.

    Posted March 21 by Elena Zurriaga

    Are you living in Spain? Or Planning to move over here?   If this is the case, this bit of info about the NIE, might interest you…     What’s the NIE?   The NIE stands for: Número de Identificación de Extranjeros/Identification Number for Foreign...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 20 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I feel sorry for “the feelings”. I am sorry for the way they are treated or rather mistreated. They are diminished, ridiculed and disrespected; they can be both dismissed and glorified. And above all they are misinterpreted. When we sense an emotion we get immediately busy with giving a...

  • Humankind is Evolving SuperQuantum... AND You are no exception

    Posted March 19 by Barbara Franken

                                                                 This last weekend’s Full Moon and Spring Equinox next weekend are powerful o...

  • Journey of a Clean 9 body cleanse.

    Posted March 17 by Jodie Barr

    Journey of a Clean 9 What is a Clean 9?Many of you may have heard about the 'Clean 9' but are maybe not sure what it is? This cleanse for your body follows a structured daily programme, designed to help you kickstart your journey to a slimmer, healthier you and provide the perfect starting point ...

  • Scammer Alert - how to keep your online dating safe

    Posted March 16 by Katie May

    Stay Secure and Stay Safe With the anonymity of online dating, it is on the whole, more secure than going to a bar and meeting a stranger. You're in your own space and aren't physically at risk.But we all wonder just who it is we're talking to sometimes.... We try incredibly hard to weed out the ...

  • Let's Be Encouraged!

    Posted March 14 by Sarah Tun

    Today I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the La Cala women's meeting at El Gusto. What a marvelous group of fabulous women we are! Something struck me... both a positive and a need for help in most of us... is the openness with which we shared and the doubts and fears we carry. As the rain pelts down ...

  • SEO 2017 – A Tale of One Kingdom

    Posted March 13 by Sonia Ingriselli

    What is SEO? Here's my attempt at a jargon free technical definition: SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimisation''. It is the process of getting traffic to your website for ''free'', ''organically'', or ''naturally'' through the search results on search engines. By far the most popular search engin...

  • Making a difference

    Posted March 13 by Tracy Jackson

    Many elderly people do not get the care they need, leaving many being left to struggle and cope alone. There has been alot of social activity recently in the UK and Spain about Nursing Home care for the elderly and the lack of support they are getting. Live in care for the elderly is really coming i...

  • Be Bold for Change at Costa Women!

    Posted March 12 by Ali Meehan

    Be bold for change is the theme for this years International Women’s Day and on behalf of Costa Women I have been doing that recently.   Many of you know that I started Costa Women when we moved back from the Middle East as a way of making friends; a “social” project if you ...

  • Lead Your Life

    Posted March 11 by Antonia Behan

    Lead Your Life 2/18/2017 0 Comments   If You Are Going to Lead, Then Lead.Linda Cliatt-Wayman  Leadership is about becoming the writer of the story of your life. I believe that to be a true leader requires:Vision: It is your vision, something ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 5 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The thinking, intelligent mind likes to take possession. It appropriates whatever is happening to “you” using words like “I”, “me” and “mine”. It loves telling stories in the first person. The truth is that it is not “You”. It is only a par...

  • Are YOU Ready to take on your NEW role as Master and Creator?

    Posted March 4 by Barbara Franken

    IAM happy to introduce you to my Local MasterCreator Class/Taster sessions I have lined up on Monday afternoons 2-4pm on March 20th, April 10th and each monday 1-5pm in May at Liisa's StudioMindBody in Fuengirola. For my friends who won’t be able to attend, I will be uploading the recordings...

  • Women Wellness - Let´s start at the beginning

    Posted February 19 by Aly Farmer

    So where does it all start? Hormone imbalance begins when the estrogen level drops slightly followed by the progesterone, which actually drops further, then the estrogen starts to fall again and the progesterone follows suit, but again it falls lower than the level of the estrogen. Simple, bu...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 19 by Izabela L-Sletner

     A member of my family died lately. It was too soon, too abrupt and too painful; it almost always is. We are still shocked at that fact. We don’t know how and where to put this huge empty space that is left for us. There is a story about his life and about his death. There is a story abo...

  • How to Accept Myself for Who IAM?

    Posted February 18 by Barbara Franken

    How to accept myself for Who IAM?   IAM sure you have asked yourself this question, just like I have. I remember being in my late teens when I first began thinking about it. I would ponder on the question, but the more I thought about it the more confused I became and my mind seemed to fill...

  • The #YouEconomy

    Posted February 14 by Geraldine Scott

    Our world is a world of invention, changing trends, wars and wealth and poverty.  I believe that how you choose to live this wonderful gift of life is up to you. Now I'll just give a quick warning here to the delicate, there's a 4 letter word in this article. To quote Emerson; "this is the ...

  • looking for contacts near Girona

    Posted February 9 by Teresa Doughty

    Hello   I`m looking for contacts oin the Girona area, to meet for chats and coffee, if anyone would like to meet up? I am retired and l live in Lloret de Mar. Would like to share experoiences of language learning - Espanol. Teresa

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 5 by Izabela L-Sletner

    “I wish I could stop thinking “is a thought that probably pops up on everybody’s mind from time to time. Thinking in such cases instead of bringing a solution and help, has accelerated into a messy hurricane or a mental vortex threatening our sanity and giving us a headache or othe...

  • How YOUR Compassion can transform YOUR Chronic Dis-ease

    Posted February 4 by Barbara Franken

    We are all used to pushing everything away that we don’t like, scare us, are negative and don’t feel good… everything that causes us to suffer and struggle. However, there comes a time when we have to realise that our fears, limitations and beliefs in lack have served their purp...

  • One Year Into Our Decision To Move To Spain

    Posted February 3 by Jennifer Fernandez

    It's been a little over a year since my last entry, announcing our intent to move to Spain. Since then, there has been a flurry of activity.   We made our first exploratory trip to Spain in March, as planned. We met with realtors and relocation specialists all along the way. Turns out, resear...

  • Women Wellness - Dry Skin & Hormone Balance

    Posted January 22 by Aly Farmer

    Dry Skin and estrogen dominance Women suffer with dry skin at certain times of their lives, but around the hormonal imbalance time of life our skin becomes more susceptible to environmnent changes and climate change, we are more vunerable and so therefore it is vital that we take charge of taking...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 22 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I began learning to write and read by learning alphabet. So did Shakespeare. I am not going to compare his skill of writing to mine, but it is obvious that we both started from A, B, C... If it is knitting, cooking or composing music one has to start from a very simple, basic level to be able to go ...

  • EU Hokey Cokey... Will it cost you?

    Posted January 19 by Severina Edmundson

    Theresa May does not intend for Britain to remain a member of the single market due to the rules surrounding the freedom of movement.  Indeed, this is a topic on the minds of many expats or those wanting to move abroad, and while one of the first points raised in her speech earlier this week in...

  • How the ENERGY of 2017 I feel, can serve us all...

    Posted January 16 by Barbara Franken

    Many moons ago when I was living in Amsterdam as a young woman I joined a weekly Self-Discovery group ‘Eigenwijs’; to help me discover the more I had always felt IAM and indeed others and the Environment around me. We didn’t talk the normal spiritual talk, we talked about conscio...

  • After Shirley Valentine

    Posted January 13 by Katie May

    As I run a couple of dating sites we do receive some lovely stories from happy members, or rather ex members who have been lucky to meet someone on site. This is one of my favourites and is shared with permission of the people involved. (names have been changed).   Hiya Katie, I’m gobsm...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 8 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The past does not exist and neither the future. Whatever we experience is happening now in the present. We tell a story about what happened or what’s going to happen, but this story is being told now. What we take for the past are patches of feelings and thoughts stored in our nervous system. ...

  • Best of 2016 at MeMyMagnificentSelf

    Posted January 8 by Barbara Franken

    Before I cross the threshold of a NEW year and welcome in 2017… IAM taking time to look back on what IAM taking with me. There have been so many new insights and wisdom gained from my experiences these last few years and challenges this year and IAM delighted to feel less attached to the Hu...

  • How to take part in a Costa Women Hangout

    Posted January 5 by Fiona Catchpowle

    Costa Women Hangouts are now over 100! Started back in February 2014 as an experiment, they have now become a staple part of the Costa Women diet.   What is a Hangout? (aka Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live ) It's a 2 way video chat (a bit like Skype or Facebook Video Call) that is recorded...

  • Motivational Web Series

    Posted January 3 by Emma Biggins

    It takes 21 days to create a habit and 60 days to create a lifestyle.  Since everyone is making new year resolutions and setting goals for 2017 I decided this would be the perfect time to do my new web series all about motivating yourself to complete goals, start new hobbies or just generally m...

  • Women Wellness - To Planner with a 2017 Planner

    Posted January 2 by Aly Farmer

    There is a lot of emphasis at this time of the year to get yourself together and make some New Year´s resolutions, but there is a time and place for everything. As mature women we know our downfalls, and we know exactly "what we have to change" or "what we have to put right" So I think we need...

  • NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

    Posted December 31, 2016 by Sue Cross

    NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION - A little work of fiction that many of us will relate to after the holiday excesses! It has been three days since chocolate has passed my lips. Three long, miserable days. It was the sight of my hips that decided it as I battled with the zip of my jeans. I cursed my add...

  • Girl Power Needed - Can you help?

    Posted December 30, 2016 by Molly

        Hello Costa Women, I hope that you have had a great Christmas Break and are looking forward to a fabulous start to 2017 2016 was a bit ´meh´ and I´m glad its over myself.   Today I´m writing to ask for your help. I have been nominated in a Travel Blo...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 26, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I was not taught to indulge my wants. Contrary, I was taught to control them. There was something wrong with the very notion of having a desire. There was something frivolous and egoistic in it. The real virtue was in giving up and giving away or in working very, very hard hoping for a reward. There...

  • Foreign Exchange 2016 Review & 2017 Forecast

    Posted December 23, 2016 by Severina Edmundson

    What a year! Have you purchased currency in 2016?  Will you be sending any international transfers in 2017? How do fluctuations in the exchange rate affect you and what causes the rate to be so volatile?   Read our currency round-up of the last 12 months and forecast for the coming new...

  • Women Wellness - Festive Season

    Posted December 22, 2016 by Aly Farmer

    At this time of the year it can be very difficult for women with hormonal issues, mainly because there is so much rich food and alcohol around. This doesn´t mean you can´t join in the spirit of the season, but its wise to becareful and not eat too much sugar and highly spiced foods. If y...

  • Bravo for EU consumer protection re: abusive mortgage clause

    Posted December 22, 2016 by Dominique White

    Bravo European consumer protection! Success for mortgage holders Have you applied for compensation for abusive clauses in your Spanish mortgage? If not, why not? The extent and scale of the abuses carried out by Spanish banks have been well documented and widely commented. Now the Court of Justice ...

  • THANK YOU

    Posted December 21, 2016 by Mar Zarco

    Good morning gorgeous,  Today is the first official winter day and although the last days have been more than stormy, today at last as it could not be otherwise, it recovers the balance, there is calm and the sun shines. The same as the last times for me, especially this year 2016 that now ...

  • Be the LOVE, PEACE & JOY this Christmas & 2017

    Posted December 17, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Sending much LOVE, PEACE & JOY for you to experience this Christmas Time. No matter the turbulent and uncertain times YOU perceive around the world, within your own body and relationships. It is essential YOU stand strong and steady with feelings of LOVE, PEACE & JOY in your heart and soul and tr...

  • Don't let Trump or Brexit stop you from living life to the full

    Posted December 15, 2016 by Jessica McGregor Johnson

    At times like these, when the world is in turmoil, Brexit and Trump being just two of the many things happening right now, there is a human tendency to batten down the hatches, pull our head in like a tortoise in danger and wait until it’s normal again before we come back out and get on wi...

  • Women Wellness Guide - Chemicals

    Posted December 13, 2016 by Aly Farmer

    Hormones are very tricky and the more we can learn about them the better. Today women have very busy lives, but with time and patience they can balance their hormone levels with the use of natural products and therapies, but there are chemicals hidding in our food and products we use, we must avoid ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 10, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    “To be or not to be?” is this really “the question”? I believe that it is rather “How to be happy?” question. And when we are that we don’t bother about being or not being, the answer becomes obvious. Yes, happiness-that’s what we want in life. The rig...

  • Words of Empowerment... from Steven

    Posted December 10, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    So much Potential is the title of Steven’s latest blog post that my friend Dana led me too after mentioning him in her beautiful and thoughtful post Being. BEING to me is experiencing the aliveness of your spirit within your Body & Mind. It is what inspires you to experience and embrace eve...

  • Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?

    Posted December 1, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    Does Magnesium help you sleep?   Maybe, but probably not in the way that you think it does.   Here's the truth:   People have taken Magnesium before bed for years, sometimes in the mixed product ZMA. (zinc & Magnesium).   The reasoning here is that Mg helps you sleep, so ...

  • 6 Simple Life Moves... To BEING Magnificent YOU

    Posted December 1, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    It is in times of stormy and dark days, whether this is physically, emotionally or mentally, we can ALLOW ourselves to focus, be aware and relax into the soft, quiet, warm light that glows deep within our core. With our conscious breathe we can expand our light to flow into our entire Body and Min...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 27, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    When I talk about mindfulness and mention non-intellectual, non-thinking aspect of it I see some kind of panic and trepidation in people’s eyes. I see doubting and ridiculing the idea of existence without thinking. Our mind simply can’t imagine such a state as useful and honorable one. &...

  • Costa Women Meet ... Nana Norrbom

    Posted November 27, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    - Hello Nana – you moved for love from Denmark to Fuengirola; tell us more!   In 1997 I came to Spain as I met my husband here. He is Danish too and had already lived here for 10 years so I decided to give Spain (and Martin) a chance; I haven’t regretted it at all!   - Befo...

  • Christmas Events and Activities at the Kempinski

    Posted November 24, 2016 by Georgina Shaw

    The Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona on the Costa del Sol has established itself as a firm favourite in the area as a great place to celebrate Christmas and New Year and has a wonderful programme of events to enjoy throughout December. The festivities begin on Saturday 3rd of December at 4pm wit...

  • Will the INTEGRATION of my Body, Mind & Spirit ever END?

    Posted November 21, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    While the Human Body and Mind goes through a tremendous reNEWal… natural UPDATES and DETOXIFICATION due to the high light frequencies penetrating Earth and all Humankind, the MasterCreator within (spirit essence) waits patiently to be acknowledged and welcomed in. To fuse in conscious aware...

  • I Talk about the Fear of Death... Because I Love You

    Posted November 18, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    I spiralled down into a vacuum of misery and all I could do was retreat to a quiet place to feel into this strange attack on my normal happy being. I felt cold and powerless and everything in life seemed hopeless, not only for myself but especially for all the ones who now find themselves in the d...

  • Currency Considerations

    Posted November 17, 2016 by Severina Edmundson

    It's fairly safe to say that last week's events came as somewhat of a surprise to most... the US President-Elect is Donald Trump.  But even with this news, the consequences for the US Dollar didn't seem to materialise to quite the effect that had been expected.  Indeed, in terms of the imm...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 13, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I don’t like making mistakes. But who does? I know that mistakes are important for me learning, developing and growing. I know that I can’t avoid them. They belong to life. I try to pacify them, using affirmations and wise sentences like: “The man who makes no mistakes does not usu...

  • Change is Happening... Are YOU Allowing Yourself to Change Too?

    Posted November 9, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Not so unlike the ‘mass’ of British folk who voted to leave the choking ties of Europe and forge their own path into the unknown in search of freedom… The ‘mass’ of North Americans have voted to leave the choking ties of ‘an old and tired system’ to journ...

  • Tips....For a better sleep part 2....

    Posted November 9, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    * Sleeping Environment   You can think of the ideal sleeping environment as cave-like.   *Quiet *Cool *Dark *and comfortable (ok, I don't know how comfortable a cave would be.  But you get the point.)   The following pieces of kit may help you achieve this cave-like envi...

  • Introducing Mundo Mania – A world of fun for everyone!

    Posted November 8, 2016 by Georgina Shaw

    Introducing Mundo Mania – A world of fun for everyone!   Mundo Mania is under construction in Cancelada, Estepona. Due to open on Saturday 3rd December, this will be the biggest family entertainment centre in the area offering something for all the family (babies, toddlers, kid...

  • What your Self Image says about you (or not)

    Posted November 6, 2016 by Claudia Roth

    My reality was shaken when I was in Auroville in the south of India last November! For many years (even decades) I created this special self-image called Claudia Roth, a successful global business leader who much enjoyed a career in luxury hospitality. I was very proud of my self-image which I curat...

  • THE PITFALLS OF COMPARISON

    Posted November 4, 2016 by Sue Cross

    THE PITFALLS OF COMPARISON It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with others. Those that use social media are particularly at risk, as we are presented with what the person decides to reveal to us, thus creating a false image. This image can be a threat if we allow it...

  • The Coworking Revolution

    Posted November 4, 2016 by Georgina Shaw

    Millennials and Generation Z are driving a massive shift in the global work force, looking for flexible, inspirational spaces around the world where they can grow their business. This has led to the rise of coworking, shared work environments where small to medium sized businesses can have desk or...

  • Tips...For a better sleep!

    Posted November 1, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    Tips for a better sleep part 1.....   No matter what my clients goals are, sleep is always the first thing I will look at.   Poor quality and quantity of sleep can affect so many aspects of a person's day to day life.  Physical performance can be affected, reaction time, the abili...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 29, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I can sing to myself “Don’t worry, be happy”. In spite of this wise message I do worry. And the world, media and society supply me with reasons to worry. So I worry about wars and terrorist’s attacks; about losing life, losing family, losing home and losing health. I am infor...

  • ITS TIME TO OWN YOUR MAGNIFICENT & ALL POWERFUL SELF…

    Posted October 28, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    My friend Linda over at Litebeing has a challenge… Litebeing’s Magnificent Challenge that I would like this post to be a part of. It is my contribution to help others understand the why’s and how’s of Being our Magnificent Self. Now is a great opportunity for each of us to...

  • Business Stagnating? A Vow to Be Invisible Could Be Costing You

    Posted October 27, 2016 by Melissa Bitz

    Do any of the following statements sound like you (even just a teensy bit)? I feel uncomfortable shining too brightly.  Better to blend in and be more appropriate. I don´t feel I have any special attributes and if I did I would certainly not try to promote them to anyone! I´m t...

  • Culture trip

    Posted October 22, 2016 by Chris Dove

    Question: Why move to Spain? Answer: Paella www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1WqisS-xtQ&feature=youtu.be

  • The Cost of Exchange

    Posted October 17, 2016 by Severina Edmundson

    I recently took part in a well-known property show, aimed at helping people to find a little spot of sunshine in which to purchase their dream home and try a life abroad. So many hopeful buyers, mooching around the maze of stands: property agents, lawyers, tax and finance experts - everything under...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 15, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that “negative” feelings are not welcome in our lives. We would actually do anything to get rid of them and live happily without them. Unfortunately the buggers won’t listen to us and constantly come back. We fight and resist them, we pretend ...

  • Costa Women Meet ... Maxine Bygraves

    Posted October 15, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Hello Maxine, you have been in Spain for a long time - why did you decide to move to Spain I came when my youngest son was two, fell in love with the beauty of Spain and the friendly Spanish people, having lived in the center of London for fourteen years, it was like a breath of fresh air, I knew a...

  • Astrology as a Tool to help you move into your own powerful tot

    Posted October 14, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Thank you Linda LiteBeing for helping me move into my Powerful Totality… Last year my dear friend Linda over at LiteBeing gave me a written astrology reading… a fascinating tale of Barbara based on my birthdate and how the alignment of the planets 2015/2016/2017 can influence me. I ...

  • Wine & Cupcakes

    Posted October 12, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    Wine & Cupcakes....   Last Wednesday night I wanted to either drink a bottle of wine or go face first into a chocolate cake...   I messaged my friend - "What do you do when you want to eat your feelings or drink them? Both?"   It was just one of those days where you're super em...

  • BOUNDARIES

    Posted October 10, 2016 by Sue Cross

    Boundaries In the past, I have had such a desire to be accepted that my boundaries were fuzzy. I have always found it easy to make friends and people tell me that I am an open, friendly person. These are words that I love to hear but they have often come at a price. Subliminally, I attracted people...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 1, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I had planned a short, one day trip. I was looking forward to a new place, eating out, sleeping in a hotel and lounging around. A chain of circumstances deprived me of that day off. It came to nothing. There was not a big disaster or a drama, nevertheless I felt very disappointed, even angry and i...

  • Costa Women Meet ... Renate van Nijen

    Posted October 1, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Hello Renate, lets start with your story of 'Why Spain?' why did you here and where you have come from originally?   I am Dutch and after my mother died in the year 2000 by means of euthanasia, which was actually a beautiful and special experience to see her freed from her body that had becom...

  • What is Loving Yourself All About... Part III

    Posted September 30, 2016 by Barbara Franken

      Thankfully it has been quite a few years ago since I became my own best friend and changed the way I searched outside of myself for acceptance and recognition that made me instantly feel relaxed and stress-free. No more expecting that pat on the back, people telling me they were proud of s...

  • Moderation

    Posted September 29, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    MODERATION...   Today, I want to talk about MODERATION.  I know, I know moderation is so....blah blah.  We hear it all the time from nutritionists, magazines etc.  But on some level, we don't like moderation because it feels like failure.  We think that what we really need...

  • Setting SPECIFIC Money Goals: Magic Torpedo Fuel For Our Dreams

    Posted September 24, 2016 by Melissa Bitz

    So the nerdy academic in me has a quote for you today:  “If you don´t know which port you´re steering for, no wind is favorable.”  Hmmm…think about that for a second…..DUH! Right? Even some smart old Roman dude (in this case, Seneca) figured out age...

  • Something Nice I Read in the Book I´m Reading

    Posted September 22, 2016 by Emma Biggins

    I am still reading the book Power of a Positve Women.  The bit I just read I found very interesting.  With todays media I feel there is much more pressure on Women too look good and be "perfect" whatever that is.  I feel this has come because of all the photoshopping they do in the m...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 18, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    It has been a beautiful summer in Norway. The nature is rich and exuberant here. The intensity and variety of green colors is breath taking. And the weather is very changeable. There are no two days similar; it may rain and blow one day and be sunny and warm the following one. The season is so pleas...

  • What Is... Loving Yourself All About? Part II

    Posted September 17, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Since my post last week have you thought about how YOU love YOURSELF? Are you choosing to stand out from the herd, to steer yourself in the direction of thriving in life, being responsible for your words and actions and who you surround yourself with, being mindful about what you choose to buy and...

  • Have you had a wobble this week

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    Hi Ladies   So many ladies I have spoken to this week have been having a wobble - me included.   I just couldn't get into the swing of things.   I though I'd get that "Back to School" feeling on Monday, when my 3 boys went back to school.  New pencil case, new shoes, all fi...

  • Biking with the Bulls for Charity

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    The Bull boys are off on another adventure to raise money and they need Costa Women help!   It's not long now until father and son team, Dave and Mitch Bull, will be off on their epic journey around the coast and borders of Spain on motorbikes, raising money and awareness for the AECC (Canc...

  • Costa Women Meet ... Saskia Vervoort

    Posted September 12, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    September is World Awareness month for Alzheimer's. Saskia Vervoort is one of our Dutch members and has found a unique way to raise money for charity and get fit at the same time. Saskia is cycling "virtually" in aid of Alzheimers Research, including a detoured "visit" to the Alzheimer's Research ce...

  • An easy way to stretch out of your comfort zone

    Posted September 12, 2016 by Adele de Caso

      Doing something that makes you feel a little uncomfortable every day, is how you grow and develop. You can stretch yourself just a little to begin with. Things that appear uncomfortable at first, will become comfortable after just a short period of time. Your comfort zone is where you fee...

  • Green Tea Proven To Reduce Fat...Well Kinda

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    Green tea is one of the better known 'healthy things' being talk of health and fitness bloggers, the famous and health magazines for sometime now.   Now I'll say outright, its probably IS good for you (or a least neutral as far as your health goes).  It's calorie free for all intents and...

  • It's your money...

    Posted September 5, 2016 by Severina Edmundson

    The exchange of currency will probably affect each and every one of us at some point, whether in our private lives or within a work capacity.  Be it a few hundred pounds worth of holiday spending money or a large corporation paying international suppliers, the need to transfer funds from one cu...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 2, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness meditation is not a religion or a religious attribute. Practicing mindfulness meditation will not make of you a slave to a sect or destroy your life. Yes, meditation is used and talked of in many religions, but reading and writing, singing or playing an instrument is used as well. There ...

  • Women Wellness Guide - Hormone Imbalance

    Posted September 1, 2016 by Aly Farmer

    WHEN DOES THIS TAKE PLACE? There are many factors that contribute to hormone imbalance, like everything imbalance means out of order or not running smoothly. This in turn creates issues of dis-ease in our body. From the age of around 45-50 our hormone levels begin to change and this can cause diffe...

  • BEEN ON THEM TODAY?

    Posted September 1, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    "I know I shouldn't get hung up on the number, but...."  I hear this all the time Ladies, from women - it's like on one hand we believe that our weight is not the end-all-be-all of health and fitness, but we simply cannot stand the idea of not looking.   Most women weigh themselves daily...

  • Getting ready for the new term

    Posted August 30, 2016 by Georgina Shaw

    I can't believe it, but somehow the long summer holidays are nearly over and term is beginning in state primary schools on the 12th of September! This final 12 days is always the worst bit for us, as summer school ends, work picks up and some how you have to juggle a bored kid and loads of clients...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 21, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

      There are days without excitement-the ordinary days; no inspiration, no particular meetings, no prospect of fun. The everyday routine at work and at home; the tiding up, the food-making, bit of reading and telly watching-the everyday activities, the same people, the same tasks. Nothing happe...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 14, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I have heard a beautiful Chilean song -”Gracias a la Vida”. The melody and the lyrics stay with me all the time now. “Thank you”-I should say it to the life more often. Instead I ignore the richness and beauty of the life and get disappointed or dissatisfied, because the...

  • What is LOVING YOURSELF all about? Part I

    Posted August 10, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Someone lovingly reaches out... with a smile, interested in how you are or maybe offers a piece of chocolate or a beautiful bunch of flowers AND sometimes you find yourself wishing for acknowledgment, an embrace, communication or a kind gesture. On both accounts YOU are gently reminding yourself t...

  • moving to Malaga in 2017

    Posted August 9, 2016 by Sabine Krenkler

    Hello all I have just joined this site and hope to make friends before we move next year with whom I can meet up once settled in Malaga, Spain.I am a single parent of 2 teens and this is a fresh start for us all. I would love to hear from other members who can share their experiences,particularly o...

  • Heading South from Burgos. Part Two of our Recent Portugal Adve

    Posted August 9, 2016 by Rosalie Marsh

    Heading South from Burgos. Part Two of our Recent Portugal Adventure After the guided mystery tour via Satnav to the centre of Burgos with its tall, elegant buildings - in a rush hour - and then having a helpful Spanish Senor directing us to our excellent Sercotel Cuidad Burgos hotel in Rubena...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 7, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    We women need to be strong and brave. We have to be strong for our children, families and employers. We need to be strong to prove that we are not weak and uninteresting females, because a woman from the very definition is somebody who is weak, sentimental and a burden to the world. So we do anythin...

  • Costa Women Meet - Sonsoles

    Posted August 6, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Arriving via Social Media from Barcelona meet Sonsoles, one of our Spanish members. Fiona talks to Sonsoles about how music and a piano taught her to use her own music to help people as a relationship coach. Sonsoles is now a “organisational development consultant” and works with int...

  • Women Wellness Guide - Stress

    Posted August 3, 2016 by Aly Farmer

    Women from all over the world go through the "change of life" some suffer with tremendous symptoms, other women sail through the process and don´t know its happening.   The Change of Life is very difficult for men to understand, although it has been said they also have this around the a...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 31, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    People come to my meditation classes with an expectation of approaching some kind of mystical space, far away from their complicated and dissatisfying lives. And I sense disappointment when I start a class with a simple body awareness exercise. We don’t go anywhere, we don’t leave the bo...

  • Is Your Life ALL About YOU...

    Posted July 11, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Not so long ago I wouldn't of dared ask anyone this question... never mind asking it in public. What is happening YOU may ask? I discovered the truth about two very important qualities of mine. Courage and Strength... I have them, they were buried under a lot of junk that I had picke...

  • NEVER BEEN ON A CRUISE? - SEE SOME OF THE NEWEST CRUISE SHIPS IN 2016!

    Posted July 10, 2016 by Janis Leader

    SO YOU WANT TO GO ON A CRUISE? Now you are ready to take the next step!    Never been on a cruise or an avid cruise fan - this blog  is for you!   So, to bring you right up to date with the newest  cruises and cruise tips for making your money go further keep on reading! 2016 is your year. Seven new...

  • DOES EXERCISE REALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

    Posted July 10, 2016 by Louise O'connor

    HI, I'M LOUISE...... A Fitness & Nutrition Coach, and a mum to 3 lovely boys.  I like to inspire women, like you, to take charge of their health, fitness and nutrition.  And empower you with information to make that change. This is my first blog for Costa Women, and I hope I inspire you to take...

  • The Ten Commandments for an Unhappy Life!

    Posted July 5, 2016 by Emma Biggins

    I just started reading a new book called power of a positive woman.  The first thing it said was the 10 commandments for an unhappy life.  My first reaction was to laugh as it was funny.  Afterwards I thought wow, I am actually guilty of some of these myself!  So although it gave me a laugh it also ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 4, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    A desire is not a problem; a thought is not a problem; a feeling is not a problem. They appear naturally in us. They just happen, they come and go. We choose and select those that are important or interesting and we focus on them. We build our lives on those choices. Problem appears when we get ver...

  • Why are YOU feeling uncertain...

    Posted July 2, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    This morning Tom and myself found ourselves swimming in an energy of disbelief shock and ultimately... uncertainty... It's really not a nice feeling; to feel separated by our friends and family in UK. The choice they have made is clear. BUT then we remembered this energy we feel isn't ours. It is t...

  • Adventures Through The Mekong Delta

    Posted July 1, 2016 by Mei Flynn

    I spent 3 amazing weeks travelling around Cambodia so now it was time to head to Vietnam. I decided I wanted to travel by boat down the Mekong river and then stumbled upon a 2 night/3 day tour which sounded like a great deal. I’m not usually a fan of tours and always sceptical there’ll be some hidde...

  • Live like A Cambodian

    Posted July 1, 2016 by Mei Flynn

    It was time for me to leave Siem Reap and travel by bus to the French colonial town of Battambang where  was picked up by a tuk tuk and taken to the village to stay in a homestay. The family were so welcoming and showed me to my room that would be my home for the next couple of days It was a fantast...

  • The Magic Of Ankor Wat

    Posted July 1, 2016 by Mei Flynn

    Well I finally made it through the border to Cambodia and getting the e-visa in advance was definitely easier and I didn’t have to deal with the constant approach of people asking me for visa. I’d read a lot of about scams with the visa at the border so after my experience with the online visa it wa...

  • Life, work and family

    Posted June 30, 2016 by Zoe Clare Rylett

    Hello Ladies I have over the past 4 years, seen some big changes to my life. We closed a very successful business in Antas, Almeria at the end of January 2014 (not through the want of trying to sell it), in order to move to Bulgaria to adopt. In April 2014 my hubby and I became proud parents to twin...

  • My Reaction to Brexit

    Posted June 28, 2016 by Emma Biggins

    I never read the news due to the media always influencing what they want you to see and not what you should see.  Plus it is full of negativity and I always thought if something´s going to affect me I will hear about it without needing to read the news.  Obviously I was right.  When I heard about B...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 26, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I can’t really know how my day will look like tomorrow. I can imagine and plan it, but it will never be a precise reflection of the plan; something unexpected will occur. I can think about my past, happenings and situations that I remember, but they are only a subjective memory of events; any other ...

  • I AM FAT & THAT IS THAT! What if I were to tell you that is THE VERY BEST attitude to losing weight!

    Posted June 22, 2016 by Claire Atyeo

    I AM FAT AND THAT IS THAT! What if I were to tell you that is THE VERY BEST attitude to losing weight! You would think I am nuts, Right! Nevertheless, let me ask you, have you never put on more pounds after you finished dieting – hell have you never gained pounds when dieting? Or have you read all...

  • Spain for Unorthodoxs

    Posted June 21, 2016 by Viviana Knorr

    I haven't been the first one to write about the wonderful things one could find in Spain. People go once, twice, and keep returning for personal reasons as that of family and friends, or, move there once found further powerful purposes beyond those ties. Like me.   Although that my husband an...

  • Spain Buddy's Referendum poll results are in!

    Posted June 20, 2016 by Elle Draper

    Over the past month, www.spainbuddy.com has been polling British citizens that live in Spain, to ascertain which way they would be voting in the upcoming EU Referendum.   Respondents were asked which province they lived in, which method they were using to vote, which way they would be vo...

  • Time To Ditch The Excess Baggage!!

    Posted June 20, 2016 by Mei Flynn

    I loved my time in Bangkok but now it was time to move on & head to Cambodia. I felt very organised with my online visa until I realised i’d applied through a scam website and it cost me almost double the price of $70!! I typed into google ‘Cambodia visa’ and a nice official site came up so I en...

  • Face Up

    Posted June 19, 2016 by Chris Dove

    At the end of a wicked weekend in a tiny town called Alfarnate (bear with me, folks, it´s in deepest, darkest Spain), a 17-year-old chichita from Leicester, UK, kissed me on the cheek, and asked: “You on Facebook, Chrissie?” That was 6 years ago when I dismissed the social network as a youthful inve...

  • Meeting My Creativity

    Posted June 19, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Human being is naturally creative. There is an artist in every one, not necessarily a revolutionary and acclaimed artist, but there is a creative power in every person. All areas of human activities are fields for creation, from domestic tasks to professional one; from creating a party for your chil...

  • Bright Lights Of Bangkok !!

    Posted June 15, 2016 by Mei Flynn

     I've been doing some work since I've been here as its so hot during the day and cooler to head out in the evening. It's great that I work a lot online as I can work from anywhere and just need internet and a quiet space. Bangkok has a great metro system for connecting the city but one of my favouri...

  • Meeting My Creativity

    Posted June 12, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Every one of us is equipped with creativity; we have it in us, you have it and I have it. There is no lack of imagination, talents or ideas in us. Creativity is not a problem. Nevertheless we can feel uninspired, blocked or empty. But this feeling of stagnation has nothing to do with our creativity....

  • Imagine Knowing... What your Grandest Dream Is.

    Posted June 11, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    I feel as if I've been travelling around the galaxy and back...but IAM back from enjoying an intense and wonderful experience with fellow MasterCreators who chose to commit to and celebrate their new role as MasterCreator... on my first five week MasterCreator Class, here on the Costa del Sol. I w...

  • It’s time for a wakeup call – If you want to enjoy the Costa de

    Posted June 10, 2016 by Sonia Ingriselli

    I sat there for almost 3 hours, head in hand, with thoughts racing through my mind. I sat there in that big comfy chair and wondered how I had let it happen again. All the red flags and warning bells were there – I had friends warning me prior but I refused to listen. All the answers to my con...

  • Wherever I lay my backpack…that’s my home!!

    Posted June 8, 2016 by Mei Flynn

    You might remember the song by Paul Young, ”Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home,” except for me it’s my backpack!! The song reminds of my nomadic lifestyle for the past year which I’ve embraced and loving!! I’ve always been a nomad and love travelling but the in the last year there was a big chang...

  • Praise for Summer Strategy Kit – ideal for busy Mums like me

    Posted June 7, 2016 by Dominique White

    Feeling guilty about not being as keen on school summer holidays as you think you should be? Want to find a plan that suits everyone, especially you? Need help facing up to altered routines? No matter what age your children are, whether you are a working Mom or a stay-at-home Yummy Mummy, Project...

  • Eight most popular social media sites

    Posted June 2, 2016 by Eileen Hirst

    1. Facebook This is the biggest social networking site with the largest number of monthly users – 1,100,000,000. There are millions of small or medium sized businesses promoting themselves on Facebook and it is estimated that larger companies spend over $100 million on FB advertising per year. 2. Yo...

  • €500 cash prize up for grabs in worldwide travel competition!

    Posted June 1, 2016 by Elle Draper

    Following on from the successful photography competition in 2015 held by one of Spain’s best known websites, spainbuddy.com, the owners of the site are running another competition. Last year the winner chosen from hundreds of entries walked away with a €300 travel voucher, this year the prize has be...

  • Losing Marbles in Marbella

    Posted May 30, 2016 by lesley enfield

    It was precarious and a bit dangerous but I like it that way. My left leg was stretched  out and the ball of my foot was holding on tight to the edge. My right knee too close to the edge, I grasped with my left hand and continued up, it was the coming down that was the was the worry! Still I took my...

  • The Law of Attraction and how to make it work.

    Posted May 30, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    When I make up in the morning I need a mirror to help me to see that I apply mascara correctly. I want it on my lushes and not on my nose. The mirror reflects my picture and all the changes happening to me. If I tried to put mascara on a reflected picture I would only make the mirror dirty. I would ...

  • Still dying my hair to the grave.com !

    Posted May 29, 2016 by lesley enfield

    Is it just me or does everyone start banging things when they get older ??? I mean I'm certainly not ancient but every day I seem to have another bruise , scratch or battering from something! I walk into walls that I'm sure have been moved by two inches, shelves appear where they were not before and...

  • The Law of Attraction and how to make it work.

    Posted May 28, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    When I make up in the morning I need a mirror to help me to see that I apply mascara correctly. I want it on my lushes and not on my nose. The mirror reflects my picture and all the changes happening to me. If I tried to put mascara on a reflected picture I would only make the mirror dirty. I would ...

  • My first Guest Interview with JAKE... From my book Your Magnificent Self... A Journey to Freedom

    Posted May 28, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    IAM republishing this first guest  interview as I have just ordered more stock of my book, available locally here on the Costa del Sol... Excitement continues since my launch and publication of my first book Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom... and my local Master Creator Class that I wil...

  • Fiona Catchpowle – font of Facebook knowledge

    Posted May 27, 2016 by Chris Dove

    Mixing up your Facebook Page with your Facebook Profile? I was too, until five minutes after meeting #AskCyberGran at her hands-on (and funny!) Facebook Marketing Part 1 training on Friday. Four hours later, Fiona´s small band of Cyber Heroes were just about fluent in `Facebookese´, ready to enter t...

  • Be A Heroine

    Posted May 21, 2016 by Anna Kemp

    Ali has kindly allowed us to use the blog to ask if any of you could support us by donation to our festival this year. You can be sure you'll be part of something great- look at our programme: all first--rate award-winning performers from Madrid, Barcelona, Granada and the UK. We had an excellent pr...

  • Tips for Your Business

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Every second Tuesday of the month, Costa Women and friends meet for a Business Breakfast and networking session at El Gusto in La Cala de Mijas.  Each month has a different theme and in May the attendees each brought a tool, or business tip to share with the other business owners. The ideas were bri...

  • The Art of Giving

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Wendy Smith

    Do you want to give, but sometimes find it difficult to work out ‘how to do it right?’ Giving is a wonderful thing to do. But sometimes we might be a bit over enthusiastic and not realize it is a more complex act than we ever imagined! Case in point: My partner is always looking for ways to ‘give ba...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 15, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Why meditate? What is it good for? What can it give me beyond some minutes of calmness? I can actually relax in various ways not necessarily by sitting still avoiding thinking.   Feeling of calmness and fascinating state of non-thinking are only by-products of meditation. The only aim of meditation ...

  • Women for/against Brexit

    Posted May 14, 2016 by Chris Dove

    Two forthright women – Harriet Harman (British MP) and Gisela Stuart (German-born British MP) – discuss the pros and cons of the UK remaining in or leaving the EU. “Women are bloody good at their jobs by the time they´re 60.” – HH “Look at unemployment in Spain…the EU is no paragon.” – GS Woman´...

  • Learning to go with God

    Posted May 12, 2016 by Emma Biggins

    I thought I would share this story with people who may be on the same journey or thinking about it.  Maybe this will inspire you or you can relate or just simply give you something to think about. Ok so I would not class myself as a religious person as such.  I was Christened and I remember we woul...

  • Great expectations...

    Posted May 12, 2016 by Katie May

    Great Expectations… Is love in the heart or mind? Is there are a difference between logic and emotion? There is no doubt that we recognise when our emotions are pulling us in certain directions and most of us are attuned to listening to them. Falling in love is an emotional state, but we inevitably ...

  • 6 Simple Steps and 6 Dynamic Tools to FREE your MIND and be Your Magnificent Self...

    Posted May 7, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    For years now I have been observing myself experiencing my own awakening and integration... the realisation and coming together of All of My Self.  I have written my book, Your Magnificent Self... A Journey to Freedom and created a five week MasterCreator Class (locally and online) to share with o...

  • Turning 10 Years in Retail into a Spanish Lifestyle

    Posted May 6, 2016 by Lucy Pitch

    It was June last year, and I'd only just returned from my summer holiday to Marbella, when I stopped to think about what I wanted from life. I am self employed, owning a successful retail business with a loyal customer base and an excellent brand image. I've built up a reputation with our customers ...

  • The naked date...

    Posted May 4, 2016 by Katie May

    Running a couple of dating sites has its moments! We have had lots of romance and a few marriages in the 3 years we have been around in France (www.expatdatingfrance.com and now www.expatdatingspain.com). Here's a funny story sent to me by Steve, who was one of our members.... Hey Katie May, Thought...

  • How are you voting the EU Referendum?

    Posted May 2, 2016 by Elle Draper

    British citizens in Spain - can you help with our Brexit survey?? Please share in your groups and various social networks too if you can? Thank you! http://www.spainbuddy.com/how-are-spains-british-residents-voting-in-the-eu-referendum/

  • Childless Couple In Spain

    Posted May 1, 2016 by Viviana Knorr

    After living in Spain for about two years, my husband and I realized that it is one of the most unfriendly countries in Western Europe for childless couples to live in.   "Something most be wrong with them for not having children", we heard through the grapevine.   Our childlessness ma...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 1, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    There is a painting of Madame de Pompadour in her boudoir. I wondered about the meaning and provenience of this word. The term derives from French verb to sulk; so from a sulking room, a room to withdraw it became a woman’s private room. The mentioned picture is an incarnation of luxury: truly royal...

  • Tips from Costa Women for Life in Spain

    Posted May 1, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Over in our Costa Women Almeria group, Jacqui asked the members for their favourite top tip for moving to Spain. Here's some great ideas http://www.spainbuddy.com/tips-for-living-in-spain/ We all have a favourite - what's yours and which new ones would you add? 

  • Age Care...it is more than you think!

    Posted April 25, 2016 by Delia Lambert

    My story...so far! I started with Age Care about 18 months ago, and loved every rewarding moment!   At the moment I drive my inland clients/guests to see their friends at the Baptist Church on Tuesdays....and this will not stop.  My Thursday Age Care coffee mornings will be in addition to, and not ...

  • Why I quit my £150k a year job to live in Spain

    Posted April 25, 2016 by Lesley Elder

    Well hello fellow travelers and would-be travelers. My name is Lesley and I will be your tour guide today!  Ha ha.. I’m not really a tour guide.   But I am a travel agent selling holidays to lovely peeps in the UK and British expats in Spain. Well, I would be except it’s not going too well at the m...

  • Women Wellness Guide on Spring Fever

    Posted April 24, 2016 by Aly Farmer

    This time of the year is very pretty and there are some amazing trees and plants around, but for some women this time of the year can be very uncomfortable if they are allergic to certain plants, trees and flowers. If you are feeling a little hormonal or menopausal, then this could be even worse for...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 17, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I quite often miss from my sight what is here, in front of my nose. I leave the present to automatic trained behaviours and pay attention only to everything that is not here. It seems that I live many lives at the same time. For example while I brush my teeth, my body takes care of it without bother...

  • Looking for contacts in Fuengirola

    Posted April 11, 2016 by Jean McLaney

    I'm a widow in my mid 70's,a retired teacher.I live mainly in Madrid but make frequent visits to my apartment in Fuengirola. I have lived in Spain for many years and speak Spanish fluently.I would like to meet women of similar age in the Fuengirola area. I can be contacted by email: jeanmclaney@gmai...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 10, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    A feeling is energy. Energy is not good or bad. Only how we use it can be good or bad. Feeling of anger is not bad, only acting violently and cruelly on it is bad. We confuse a feeling with an action it may provoke. This misunderstanding makes us afraid of our own feelings so much that we avoid them...

  • “Zaha built…”

    Posted April 2, 2016 by Chris Dove

    “Zaha built…” were the first words I heard tuning into online radio news Friday morning. WHAT? MY FAVOURITE MODERN ARCHITECT CAN´T HAVE DIED?? I applaud not only the strength and fragility of her brilliant designs, many of which I´ve written about, but also her personal achievements – standing tall ...

  • Brand new section for Spain Buddy

    Posted March 28, 2016 by Elle Draper

    The popular website spainbuddy.com has added a dedicated property section providing free advertising for private sellers and a cost-effective alternative for agents with multiple properties. Spain February 2016: Since the launch of Spain Buddy in September of 2012 the site has seen a rapid growth i...

  • Baeza - A Charming Renaissance Town

    Posted March 28, 2016 by Rachel Webb

    http://andaluciaexplorer.blogspot.com.es/2016/02/renaissance-baeza-charming-unesco-city.html

  • What is Happening to Earth and Humankind NOW and Naturally raising our vibration...

    Posted March 26, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    The light emanating from the centre of our galaxy continues to accelerate and expand the consciousness of Humankind on Earth and naturally raise our vibration. We are all feeling the pressure as the light energies bombard our physical body and mind with new codes and frequencies, to upgrade an...

  • How Do You Know If You Don't Know?

    Posted March 19, 2016 by Joy Fahey

    Discovering the Joy of Life Were you told as a child not to put your hands in the fire, of course you were we all were, we took it as red that it was dangerous and we’d get burnt. However we are taking that knowledge on ‘face value’ having not experienced it for ourselves. What else do we take at f...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 13, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I feel all the time, even if my mind doesn’t think about it. My body senses constantly the environment, my senses receive signals even if majority of them are ignored by my intelligent mind. The mind chooses those signals that for some reason are important to it and ignores others. Why some are impo...

  • A SELECTION OF TRUE AWAKENING EXPERIENCES PART II

    Posted March 12, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    We have 31 beautiful and inspiring 'True Awakening Stories' from my sacred friends all around the world. My question today is has the energy that has created this magnificent experience come to its end? Or are there more sacred friends out there who would like to join our writing challenge and cre...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 6, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Be aware of a story. The moment I realize that I am telling myself a story I know that I am not in the here any longer; I am away somewhere in the past or in the future watching an imaginary film. The moment I am aware of that I can choose: shall I stay in a story or shall I leave it and get into th...

  • Abusive bank practices in Spain

    Posted February 29, 2016 by Dominique White

    Abusive Spanish bank practices: know your rights The rumours are true: Spanish banks are paying compensation to customers with mortgages. If you are a Spanish property owner you have probably heard about so-called “cláusulas suelo” (interest rate floor clauses) written into mortgage contracts with ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 28, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness is about connecting to the present. My physical body is always present and it is enough if I pay attention to this presence of my body; to what I see and feel and sense just now. The modern person is quite often disconnected from the body, being glued to a virtual life of imagination and...

  • A Selection of Awakening Experiences Part II

    Posted February 27, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    A big thank you to all my sacred friends who have written and are due to write and publish their intimate journey Awakening to who you truly are during February/March. I would love to publish the 'free e-book' with 33 friends so this does leave space for a few more sacred friends to join this writ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 21, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    When I feel fear, anger, resentment or any other so called “negative” feeling I will do anything to escape these feelings. I will immediately manage them with thinking, telling stories about them, sometimes even blaming others or acting violently and automatically to avoid them. I will do anything n...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 13, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The now is original and unique. It has never happened before. I come to the now with a luggage of experiences and behaviours that I acquired in the past. I interpret what is in the here accordingly to what had happened to me earlier, sometimes decades ago. I filter the present moment through my old ...

  • 2016 is a LEAP YEAR!!

    Posted February 12, 2016 by Lucy Greenwood

    Many of you will know what I am getting at here. 29 February is a day when tradition states that women can propose to their partners. (Of course these days we can do it any day of the year and in any year!)You may not know however that the partner was supposed to buy the lady a gift or 12 pairs of ...

  • A Selection of True Awakening Experiences...Part II

    Posted February 8, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Welcome February 2016, this is certainly a year full of high vibrational energy that continues to bombard our low density home on Mother Earth and our old way of living. It is shaking everything and everyone up to feel our core and choose in the quietness of the conscious breath how each of us wan...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 7, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I enjoy having breakfast at a local café. When I am in the south of Spain I sit outdoor looking at palms and absorbing the warmth of sunshine. It is so lovely that a feeling of laziness descents on me and fills every cell of my body with a wish to be there as long as I can, just be embraced and soak...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 31, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I want to have a result. And I want this result to be valued as good and positive, to be a success. When it doesn’t happen, when the outcome of my efforts and work is not what I wanted I get disappointed. I feel disappointed, unhappy and useless. It is not a comfortable and pleasant feeling so I do ...

  • SOAP Y YO....Facing our Fear....We Got a New Life.

    Posted January 25, 2016 by Jill Burgess

    In 2003 we packed our bags and headed for Spain.  WHY?  you might say.  Here´s my story. For 10 years, we run a successful chauffeur business back in the UK and sadly when 911 hit, it affected our clients in many ways.  Most of our business was based in London and with Arab countries.  The work jus...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 24, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I teach meditation and mindfulness. It is a bit like teaching swimming. It is experiential. Practice is very important in acquiring it. It is learned by doing not by reading about it. You only need curiosity and interest in meditation to start. Meditation does not demand any particular posture, or s...

  • Featuring Lynda Brettle, CEO for Samaritans Spain

    Posted January 23, 2016 by Ali Meehan

    Hello Lynda – good to meet you.  Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Born and brought up in England but worked overseas all my adult life – over 20 years with the British Diplomatic Service  on postings worldwide and then once I had a young family, I settled in Spain  in 2003. I...

  • CREATIVE ART THROUGH MEDITATION

    Posted January 21, 2016 by Sandra Elizabeth Johnson

    CREATIVE ART THROUGH MEDITATION ART   Is another way of expressing our innermost thoughts onto paper where we create beauty through colours and shapes. We put our feelings and experiences onto paper allowing ourselves to release and surrender our jewels of creativity and love that lies within. An...

  • Well, that was a busy week!

    Posted January 17, 2016 by Fiona Catchpowle

    Starting with a return to the classroom teaching at the European Sixth Form College, and on Friday the lovely ladies at the Costa Women West of Marbella Group, talking Social Media Marketing. Thank you for your great feedback, and I'll get those presentation notes over to those who attended asap. I ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 17, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I had a nice and relaxing Christmas holiday. Nevertheless there were moments of confusion and stress and in such a moment I broke some plates. They were old and rare pieces that I kept for special occasions. So I felt particularly strong regret of breaking them. When I make a mistake, when an accide...

  • ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS IN 2016 - LIVE LIFE WITH A PURPOSE

    Posted January 14, 2016 by Sandra Elizabeth Johnson

    As we start to get back to some normality after the Festive Season setting goals and achieving them is a part of getting back into the swing of life. New Year’s “Resolutions” – Did you make some and will you keep them? Most of us have made a number of New Year’s Resolutions throughout our lives,...

  • 9 Magnificent Ways to Expand your Consciousness and see the bigger picture...

    Posted January 11, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    Life is becoming ever increasingly fearful as old patterns and ways of being no longer work for us, natural forces destroy our homesteads and people try their best to take away our feelings of safety, freedom and integrity. We feel the joy, love and excitement of our life slowly leaving our being ...

  • The Aspire 2016 M.A.D. Global Leadership Programme

    Posted January 11, 2016 by Olivia Verhulst

    I will be attending The Aspire 2016 M.A.D. Global Leadership Programme in London 25-27/1 !!  see details at http://www.aspirewomen.co.uk/index.php/events/event_details/the_aspire_2016_mad_global_leadership_programme. I'm attending this as a M.A.D. (Make A Difference) woman starting a new project (m...

  • First Steps

    Posted January 9, 2016 by Jennifer Fernandez

    My husband and I made the decision to leave the US about 2 months ago now. We each went straight into research mode after that. He is a software developer (read: professional nerd), so his tack was to start gathering and reconciling numbers, trying to figure out where in the world we can afford to l...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 9, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    New Year resolutions are about changing and improving my-self, about creating another, a better version of my-self. But do I really know who I am. How much of this “I” is a posture, a programme that has been created to make me functional in the society and culture I live in. This posture is only a s...

  • Vision for the future - are you a planner?

    Posted January 7, 2016 by Geraldine Scott

    As usual at this time of the year, we are all full of plans, goals and dreams about what the coming year will bring.  I meet a lot of people who feel as if they're adrift in the world.  They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that they feel this way is that they...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 2, 2016 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is about being present. It sounds very simple. But there is a part of me which doesn’t like what is in the present. The critical/thinking mind is never satisfied with what’s here. It wants: more, better, different; it always has a wish of improving, changing and going to what was in the p...

  • What AM I Choosing to Experience?

    Posted January 1, 2016 by Barbara Franken

    IAM left wondering why I feel so targeted and unwelcome in a particular Environment, so as usual I retreat and take some quiet me-time to feel into this feeling. The feeling goes very deep but I can't seem to grasp anything and instead of becoming one with the feeling I choose to go against all m...

  • Celebrating the end of our 2015 Costa Women Year

    Posted December 31, 2015 by Ali Meehan

    In 2015, Costa Women celebrated our 5th year. We were excited to welcome the arrival of 1027 new members to our community of 4382 Women across Spain (or Women looking to relocate here). It was a busy and exciting year and here’s why:- We featured 30 members were interviewed via Youtube videos with...

  • 10 best winter beaches – a black bird's guide!

    Posted December 30, 2015 by Chris Dove

    The plethora of holiday ads offering tempting summer deals can't compete with birthdays and New Years topping up my tan in winter sunspots, a ticket to tranquillity... Gunjur Beach, Gunjur, Gambia Djembe drumming at the Pacific's edge, deserted during my month-long stay with a friend, one week in ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 26, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Word “meditation” is sometimes replaced by “sitting”. A posture one takes to meditate is really not so important, but obviously the easiest and most comfortable one is sitting. So instead of saying I meditate one can say I sit.   When I meet my friends for a chat I usually meet them at a cup of coff...

  • Spanish history - a second book in the al-Andalus series

    Posted December 22, 2015 by Joan Fallon

    THE EYE OF THE FALCON Book two in the al-Andalus series The first of the al-Andalus series was The Shining City, a novel about the ruined city of Madinat al Zahra, in the year 948 AD. I never really intended to write a series of books; I thought that The Shining City - the first book I wrote about...

  • 'From Confusion to Clarity – Through Transpersonal Life Coaching' by Jean Gilhead

    Posted December 20, 2015 by Jean Gilhead

    First published in International Coaching News – 12th Edition http://www.international-coaching-news.net/ICNOnlineMagazine     As most Life Coaches know, when a client says, “I don’t really know what I want in life…I just want to be happy”, we can feel stumped.  Traditional Life Coaching can only, ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 19, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I have a dream. But there was a time in my life when I didn’t allow myself to dream; it was too silly, unpractical and above all completely unrealistic. But now I know that a dream has nothing to do with reality. A dream is not about fulfilling it; it is about having it. So I just allow myself to dr...

  • What women? Where?

    Posted December 16, 2015 by Chris Dove

    Women feature in only 26% of online news and tweets, according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) in its latest analysis of 114 countries. It finds women are LESS visible today as story subjects and reporters than in their 2010 report, with its ongoing aim to extinguish media sexism by 20...

  • Choose Love

    Posted December 15, 2015 by Antonia Behan

    Christmas is a time to re-connect with loved ones. It is the one time of year when we have an excuse to show love. This can be through the giving of gifts, sharing of heart-felt sentiments, enjoying each other's company, or making it a time to say 'I forgive you' or to show 'I accept you', by being ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 13, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Sometimes I wake up in the middle of night absorbed in thinking. My mind is galloping like a herd of horses and a thunder of their hooves wakes me up. To get back to sleep I have to calm down this gallop, I have to slow down these rushing thoughts. At first they seem to be uncontrollable. They bring...

  • What a FUN and EXCITING year it's been...

    Posted December 13, 2015 by Barbara Franken

        PEACE It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart... (Unknown) What a difference a year makes, with 2014 being quite a challenge for both of us with health and family issues, but b...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 10 Dec 2015

    Posted December 10, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, Well the festive season has definitely arrived in Spain with the lights and decorations in stores and streets across the country. In the latest round-up of discounts, freebies and promos available in this week's MoneySaverSpain newsletter you can find out how to get the following A 15%...

  • Meeting new people in Fuengirola

    Posted December 8, 2015 by Alida Tassone

    Hello there, My name is Alida and I grew up in Fuengirola. I now live in London but my family still lives out there. I am coming down for a couple of weeks to spend Christmas with my parents and would also love to meet new people while I'm out there. I'll be there between the 12th and 28th December....

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 5, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    EGO-the black sheep of human existence; we burden it with so many sins. But I need my Ego. It gives me a distinct sense of myself. It helps me to decide what to buy for dinner and what hairstyle to wear. My ego puts a structure into my life, helps to choose from that infinite offer that surrounds us...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 4 Dec 2015

    Posted December 4, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, Well, it's finally December and that means we'll all be getting a bit more stressed as the days go buy and your to-do list grows and grows. In this week's newsletter you can find fragrance discounts, free jamón, fashion discounts and promos for tablewear and the latest Ikea offers. If y...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 27, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    When I meditate I don’t go anywhere; I don’t “leave” my body and move to some fancy world of blissful happiness following a fairy-tale stories of my mind. Contrary I stay here, as close as possible to the “banal” physical world of my body. I stay with my subjective reality that I experience through ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 22, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness has taught me a game called “I don’t know”. The point of it is to see objects without engaging thinking. It goes like that: I can see a common sparrow on my balcony. My mind is immediately producing an assessment like: “It is an unimportant bird and it leaves droppings on the balcony-no ...

  • Are you ready for True Freedom?

    Posted November 20, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    When we can allow ourself to take a break from our busy life and feel the energy around us... we will feel the unrest that continues to play out globally. It's been going on for the last 14 years but intensifying and coming closer to home. It has the tendency to make us panic, feel personally att...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 19 Nov 2015

    Posted November 19, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, Another week, another round-up of great offers and promos available in Spain (plus a couple in the UK) in my latest newsletter. Highlights include: Cheap Amazon Spain ebooks in English (many for only 99 cents) 30% off fashion at El Corte Ingles Women's secret and Cotton Traders discount...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 14, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I paint pictures. Does it make me an artist? I don’t know. I would like to be one, because I am in awe for art. Art stops me; makes me turn my head and be curious. To be an artist one needs creativity, talents, skill and imagination. Every child owns it, but it is harder for adults. In front of ever...

  • A Magnificent Celebration during my Book Launch Party Week...

    Posted November 8, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    I have felt so very magnificent this week, with all the attention and support during my Book Launch Party Week... from marvellous Costa Women living around me and my friends and family around the world. So a big THANKYOU to you all... together we have managed to give my first book Your Magnificent S...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 7, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness gets me closer to reality, while thinking pulls me away from it all the time. Mindfulness is about getting my mind where my body is, while my thoughts are trying to get my body where they are: into some imaginary world; it can be scary or a fantastic one, but it seems always to be more i...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 6 Nov 2015

    Posted November 6, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi ladies, In this week's MoneySaverSpain.com newsletter there are loads of goodies heading up to the Christmas rush. Unfortunately we're all being bombarded by emails with offers for the festive season, even if we still think it's far away - I've even seen that if you buy at Oysho now they'll acce...

  • Water is the key to your health

    Posted November 4, 2015 by Sissel Møller

    WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THE WATER WE DRINK? Water is essential for life and is our most important nutrient. We need to drink WATER at least 1 liter every 30 kg because our body is 70% of water. We use water in our digestive system, and it is very important our digestive system is functionally. Our ...

  • Stairway to Heaven

    Posted November 4, 2015 by Marina CB

    If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him - Japanese Koan Illustration by Marina CB As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the big realizations I had was to truly understand that my life here in this physical world is the main platform for my growth. As simple -or even as obvious- as it ...

  • Costa Women Costa Blanca South Meet Up - October 28th 2015

    Posted November 3, 2015 by Sandra Piddock

    The Costa Women Costa Blanca South Meet Up on 28th October was held at the Algorfa Hotel. On a lovely sunny day, five Costa Women arrived to hear guest speaker Dave Bull talk about his life in Spain, and the Kayak Challenge. On 28th November, Dave and his son Mitch will row 52 kilometers – around 32...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted November 1, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation moves away from words, language and thinking mind. And here in this blog I use words appealing to your thinking mind trying to convince you about qualities of meditation. How weird is this? It is like telling a VIP that he is no longer so Very Important. No VIP likes to be in such an awkw...

  • Selection of True Awakening Experiences created by me and my WordPress friends

    Posted October 31, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    It’s coming up to 2 years ago when my WordPress friends and myself published this beautiful Free E-Book sharing a selection of our True Awakening Experiences. IAM re-blogging it today because IAM sure there are people who haven’t read it and will certainly be inspired by it and there are the blogger...

  • ****4 TOP Tips to help you adjust in a NEW country ***

    Posted October 25, 2015 by Rachel Smets

    ****4 TOP Tips to help you adjust in a NEW country *** Moving is considered a TOP stress factors  in life! Moving within your own country is stressful, but let’s talk about relocating in a ‘’NEW country’’ !!! If you relocate to a new country with the SAME language as yours, it becomes slightly less...

  • "On Mindfulness"

    Posted October 24, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Number of thoughts passing through the mind is counted in thousands. We have tendency to choose from that heap of thoughts a particular set and our favorite are so called negative thoughts. There is also an ongoing well-meant advice on thinking positively. It can be a good advice under a condition t...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 22 Oct 2015

    Posted October 23, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, Here's a quick round-up of the latest promos, offers and discounts available around Spain from the latest MoneySaverSpain.com newsletter: Freebies with women's Spanish mags. Don't speak Spanish? No problem! The freebies are worth more than the mag so it's worth buying. (I love Rituals s...

  • So what are OBEs for?

    Posted October 19, 2015 by Marina CB

    The following questions -as I came to understand- are very important keys in our journey: what is everything for? what am I like that for? OBEs are simply another tool to help us on our journey to grow -they can be part of our spiritual practice. And ultimately, one of the keys that I have learned ...

  • Guest Post with Ormus...

    Posted October 18, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Guest Interview – Ormus Posted on October 14, 2015 6 My guest today is Ormus, he is one of the main characters of my first book… Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom, shortly to be released. Both Ormus and myself are getting very excited to be able to share our amazing journey, not only i...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 17, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Life is changing. My lovely summer is ripening into colorful autumn. It will be gone too. The change is unavoidable and problematic, because it is constant and feels so volatile, fragile and insecure. I can freeze the past in a snap-shot and keep memory of it feeling safe there. But life is pushing ...

  • Five challenges in your expat life and how to overcome them

    Posted October 16, 2015 by Tal Regev

    Moving to another country, especially if you don’t speak the local language, can bring huge challenges for you to deal with. Things get even more complicated when you go and have your kids with you. Then you know, like every mother, that their well-being and adjustment comes before yours. Three y...

  • What is an OBE?

    Posted October 14, 2015 by Marina CB

    I was once slowly riding my bike on Marbella's paseo by the beach in an area frequented by families. I was suddenly caught by the sight of a tiny little girl who couldn't possibly be over 2 years old as she could barely walk. This little bundle of love had a very excited look on her face, smiling f...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 11 Oct 2015

    Posted October 11, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, In this week's Money Saver Spain newsletter I've included info about Spain's latest Fiesta del Cine: 3 days in Nov with cinema tickets for only 2.90€. As most cinemas now include films with the original language soundtrack, there's no excuse not to go! Also see how to get a discount on ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 10, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Reading books about mindfulness is fine. It can be helpful, instructive and explanatory. But it is only an intellectual entertainment and will stay purely that if you don’t put away that book and finally do this simple exercise that is described in it. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, just...

  • What happened at the Toastmasters Meet Up?

    Posted October 9, 2015 by Gerry Hatherall

    The area contest hosted in the Hotel Trabuco in Santiago de la Ribera was a fantastic success from an organisational point of view, to meeting up with fellow toastmasters from Valencia, Alicante and Palma Mallorca to speaking to potential new members. Thanks go to everyone who gave a hand (big and...

  • COMING OUT… OF BODY

    Posted October 7, 2015 by Marina CB

    I've always known magic. As a child it was an absolute certainty that connected me to everything around me. I remember playing with that. And I remember that feeling of permanent Christmas Eve, knowing that something was about to come alive, at any time. And I remember the incredible shock of comin...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted October 3, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I spend most of my time in an ordinary every day. Thera are chores, errands and jobs to be done. There are things to be organized and fixed. This every day is normal and average. My intelligent mind can call it: boring, unpleasant or stressful. The great critic in me constantly explains, judges, ent...

  • Money Saver Spain latest news for Costa Women 1 Oct 2015

    Posted October 1, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies! There are lots of goodies in this week's Money Saver Spain newsletter including: A little trick to get 25% off at H&M (new autumn / winter coat?) All about Amazon's new supermarket in Spain (nothing better than getting all the heavy stuff delivered straight to your door) Lower IBI t...

  • The Power of Be~ing In Communication

    Posted September 30, 2015 by Amy Hackett-Jones

    Communication has the power to build relationships, create inspiring futures, bring people together in alignment to that future, inspire others into action, make requests, deliver promises, build deep connection of authenticity with another, create breakthroughs in projects, build trust where it ha...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 27, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I like to take a break from thinking, so I can come back to it with a different perspective and a refreshed mind. This break is called meditation and being more precise is not about not thinking, it is rather about not paying any attention to thoughts appearing on my mind. As we all know it is not t...

  • Change in Health - Detox in a holistic way

    Posted September 22, 2015 by Christine Heckel

    Now is the best time to start a fabulous program like this: Change in Health … a concept, which I have developed recently. It will help you to detox in a holistic way addressing body, mind and spirit. I have developed this 3-step concept, which may be a way to optimal vitality and well-being in ju...

  • Change in Health - Detox in a holistic way

    Posted September 22, 2015 by Christine Heckel

    Now is the best time to start a fabulous program like this: Change in Health … a concept, which I have developed recently. It will help you to detox in a holistic way addressing body, mind and spirit. I have developed this 3-step concept, which may be a way to optimal vitality and well-being in ju...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 20, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    How to solve a problem? Usually we engage our intelligence to do that. We use our knowledge and sometimes other people knowledge to approach the problem. This accumulated knowledge comes always from the past. But sometimes it is not enough. We are left with our mind spinning with thoughts without ge...

  • Mankind solve the European Refugee Crisis with LOVE...

    Posted September 20, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Good Sunday morning to everyone I know in this NOW moment. I just awoke from my magnificent dream. Mankind, thats me and you found the true meaning of our Humanity… to love without comparison, with no borders and no separation. Please take a moment NOW to close your eyes, breathe and walk with me ...

  • How well AM I loving myself this summer... Part III

    Posted September 13, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Hotel Orange, Noordwijk wan Zee… Barbara Franken Photography We were back in the country I spent many happy years living in… Holland… a land of friendly, open and ‘to the point’ people. Visiting always brings a smile to my face as IAM grateful for the Dutch people who taught me to be my own person...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 13, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is simple. But even simple things need to be learned and exercised before they become easy. And a simple thing can seem impossible if we don’t know how to do it. Learning meditation is about learning by doing. It is an experiential knowledge, not theoretical. It involves action of redirec...

  • Latest news from Money Saver Spain

    Posted September 10, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi Ladies, I've just published the latest newsletter with promos and offers available in Spain and only if you read it quick will you be able to take advantage of today's Vogue Fashion Night Out on 10 Sep with 25% off at lots of stores online (that also have English-language websites). There are a...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted September 6, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    We, modern people are prisoners of intellectual, thinking mind. Whatever we do has to go through a gate guarded by reason. Scientific research has to be added in parenthesis to every piece of information we get and there must be an assessment of everything we do. One can’t eat a piece of chocolate o...

  • Money Saver Spain is back after the holidays!

    Posted September 5, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Hi everyone, After a break for the summer holidays, celebrating a significant birthday (50 this year!) and having had hand surgery last month, I'm now back to updating my website and sending out the weekly newsletter. For those on Costa Women who don't know about me, I run MoneySaverSpain.com - a ...

  • The Entrepreneurs Wound. Have You Got It ?

    Posted September 1, 2015 by Dee Coxon

    The entrepreneurs wound often comes from a place of pain or a strong desire to be immersed in something the individual feels so passionate about they just keep going until they get there. Whatever the reason, their journey shows determination to succeed against the odds. As a fan and follower of ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 31, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    There is a posture of defense and resistance in me. It had been formed when I was a child and a young person. The purpose of this posture is to keep me safe, to protect me both physically and intellectually from the environment. I have to be protected because the world outside is not benevolent, at ...

  • Positivity and Humanity

    Posted August 30, 2015 by Chris Dove

    Lovely seeing Ali’s smiling face and positive message over the weekend, also letters on humanity just days after my Costa Women blog – two qualities sorely lacking in these troubled times (sorry to sound negative). After working as business development manager at Brixton Online, south London, I foun...

  • How AM I loving myself this Summer... Part II

    Posted August 30, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Vineyards in Verzenay… Barbara Franken Photography Finally we were driving along the outskirts of Reims towards the village of Verzenay, seeing the horizon filled with vineyards and we knew we were almost there. It had been a long but beautiful day driving, the sun shining strongly, turning the ...

  • How AM I loving myself this Summer... Part I

    Posted August 27, 2015 by Barbara Franken

      The Caro Hotel, Valencia… Barbara Franken Photography Our summer adventure was upon us, we were off on our first long car journey since the arrival of our new red Range Rover Evoque. We had planned our 3 week driving holiday a year before, booking hotels, boat & tunnel crossings and arra...

  • Happy #OrangeDay! 25/8 = day to wear orange + speak out + take action to end violence against women and girls

    Posted August 25, 2015 by Olivia Verhulst

    Happy #OrangeDay! It’s 25 August, a day to wear orange, speak out and take action to end violence against women and girls (http://saynotoviolence.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3d29e44d120dbaa8d14163032&id=beb9a526a6&e=acdd073afc) The UNiTE Campaign team is getting ready for the annual 1...

  • Spain Buddy gets a brand new look!

    Posted August 24, 2015 by Elle Draper

    As Spain Buddy approaches its third anniversary on September 01 2015, the website at www.spainbuddy.com has been re-launched with a brand new look.   The logo and core branding remains the same, but the website now has more of a magazine layout, drawing it away from the blog format which it had at i...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 22, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Life is happening now. I can dwell on the past and I can plan or fear the future, but the only reality is here in the present. I think that I am living my life, but what if life is living me. Even when I sit motionlessly there is a continuous activity in my body independent of my intelligent, thinki...

  • Watch this woman

    Posted August 21, 2015 by Chris Dove

    First broadcast in September 2014 and re-run on 20 August 2015, ‘Agafia’ follows a wise, wizened “Old Believer” Agafia Lykov as she completes her daily chores in a remote forested area of Khakassia, Siberia. Cut off from the modern world – she refuses products labelled with barcodes – this hard-work...

  • New Beginnings

    Posted August 17, 2015 by Milagros Rodriguez

    In my strong, and undying efforts of moving, living and working in Spain, I have registered for a diploma course in copywriting. I am very excited because this is something that I do daily for my blog, and as a self-published author. I've worked for myself for almost four years, and though I love t...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 15, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    What positive thinking has to do with negative feelings? Can I change a negative feeling by thinking positively? Well, it is a little like trying to refurbish a room by working on its snapshot on computer. The effect will be great in the virtual world-published on social media, but it will have no e...

  • The New Generation Grandma is age defying and tech savvy. Are You?

    Posted August 12, 2015 by Dee Coxon

    A recent article in Vogue magazine talked about ” The new generation grandma” and it made me think about my own status as a new -gen grandma. or should I say glam-ma. (tongue in cheek) Let me say: new generation grandma is a title I wear as a badge of honour. Not least when my  5 year old grandson ...

  • I’m on a mission: To free my family from the burden of financial worries

    Posted August 9, 2015 by Tal Regev

    I don’t know about you ladies, but whenever I know I’m on a mission, I’m functioning better. More focused, more direct, and more efficient. This is why I decided to take upon myself a mission: To free our family from the burden of financial worries. Great mission, don’t you think? Why am I taking t...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 8, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    There are times in our life when we would like to stop thinking; to stop continuous, exhausting analysis of a particular, painful problem. But the mind won’t do that, won’t stop. We hear that meditation can quiet the mind and give us so wanted rest. Yes it can although it is not about quieting the m...

  • 10 Things to see and do in Casares

    Posted August 4, 2015 by Mari Carmen Lopez Sanchez

      1. CASARES CASTLE: at the top of steep and narrow streets, where it contemplates the Serranía. Simply spectacular! It is located in the highest part of town and is a magnificent viewpoint to enjoy the views of the coast, the Bay of Algeciras and the Serrania de Ronda. Raised on a massif of limest...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted August 2, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

     Meditation is about non-thinking. It is a state of being in which you don’t pay any attention to thoughts. It means that you don’t change one set of thoughts (negative one) for another set of thoughts (positive one). It means that you don’t create with your mind a fairytale in exchange for a traged...

  • What to do when your life seems to be in crisis...

    Posted August 2, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Blue Full Moon An extra chance to put yourself in the light… dance with joy and giggle in delight… no excuses just do it NOW… even imagine or pretend… Barbara Franken… Master Creator… Inspiring New Energy Consciousness The grand shift in consciousness that is happening now on Earth is certainl...

  • BIG CHANGES: Is it - 'Age' / 'The Planets' / 'Kids Leaving Home' - Or All of the Above!

    Posted August 1, 2015 by Lesley Mitchell

    Wow, I cannot believe July at all.. How many of you went through things like this or similar? First of all the month seemed to drag on forever and ever, at least that's how it seemed to me.  Some of you may know that I had been happily living in Spain for more than a year, when all of sudden my son...

  • What to do if you're arrested in Spain

    Posted July 30, 2015 by Elle Draper

    Hopefully this isn't information that any of us will ever need... but you never know! Click HERE for the full article Elle xx

  • 10 Things to see and do in Benalmadena

    Posted July 28, 2015 by Mari Carmen Lopez Sanchez

    1. PALOMA PARK: Wide green area of the town and one of the most beautiful parks in the Costa del Sol. Has more than 200,000 meters of green area and has an artificial lake, parks for the kids, trails, animals, as well as restaurants and cafes around. 2.BENALMADENA TOWN: Spectacular white town! Come ...

  • My Review... 30 Day Blogging Challenge...

    Posted July 27, 2015 by Barbara Franken

      My roller coaster ride is coming to a stand still… My whole being has been shaken up, old habits and styles have been relieved of duty and in place are new amazing practices that are bringing clarity and focus to me as I interact within the multi-dimensional connections of today.  My friend ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 26, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I am therefore I think. Being comes first, thinking thereafter. Without my bodily existance, my physical presence I wouldn't be able to perform thinking and all the other functions of a human being. It means that without a body I am not. The first and basic condition of a human-being is to have a hu...

  • What does it mean to love yourself and how do we learn?

    Posted July 24, 2015 by Antonia Behan

    Ideally, as a child, we are shown. We are given love and affection, our needs are attended to, we feel ‘safe’, we feel cared for by those who love us. We feel accepted; who we are is okay, even if our behaviors are not always accepted. We learn that we are lovable and so we treat ourselves with kind...

  • Can it really be THIS Easy?

    Posted July 21, 2015 by Lorrainne

    Well every body that has tried this weight loss program tells me this is easy, no hunger pains, no cravings and best of all , where the first phase lasts just 21 days, can this really be true ? After a health scare in March where I discovered I had the family heart disease I decided to start looking...

  • ‘Brits Abroad’

    Posted July 19, 2015 by Chris Dove

    Monday 20 July sees the start of a 5-part BBC Radio 4 series, ‘Brits Abroad’, looking at EU immigration in Bulgaria, Warsaw, Ibiza, France and Berlin, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0643qs5/episodes/guide (14:45 Spanish time). Broadcasts coincide with the launch of ‘SUNTRAPPED’, a juicy, illustrat...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 18, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Holiday season is here. Holiday is about resting, relaxing and doing something different from everyday routine, so that we can be ready to return to our ordinary, working life with charged batteries and rested mind. In practice it is not that easy to switch from a working day to a holy-day; the rout...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 16 July 2015

    Posted July 16, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    3x2 dry cleaning at Pressto located in El Corte Ingles stores across Spain including Canary Islands. Download free coupon, valid till 24 Jul. Kiko Cosmetics stores – free beach bag when you spend 30€ in store. Also sales on with up to 50% off selected lines. In The Guardian – send your travel tips ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted July 10, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Some time ago I heard a man saying: "...when I walk I walk, when I eat I eat, when I read I read..." He was a mindfulness practitioner and I didn't have idea what he was talking about. It sounded very boring doing just one thing at the time. Multitasking not single-tasking is the mantra of our times...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 9 July 2015

    Posted July 9, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    On 15 July Amazon will be holding their Premium Day in Spain, or Prime Day in the UK, with “better offers than on Black Friday”. The offers will only be available for those who are either Amazon Premium/Prime members but you can also sign up for the one-month trial period to have access to the offer...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 2 July 2015

    Posted July 2, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Sales are on everywhere across Spain, don’t forget that your rights haven’t altered – see our post for more details. Carrefour offer 50% off all Flex and Pikolin mattresses and bed bases (direct discount) and additional 20% given as gift voucher to use before 15 Aug. Remember that Amazon Spain has l...

  • Personal brand detox. Are ready are you for a life changer?

    Posted July 2, 2015 by Jacqui Malpass

    “Personal branding is about connecting to and embracing who you are and no matter what, being true to your heart and soul. Then getting out there and rocking your brand.” This last year has been a quite journey - a bit of an adventure. Many times when I wanted to get off the planet or hide in the ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 27, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Summer is here, with its long days, fruits and berries. And I would like my mind and body to be filled up with sensations of summer. Holiday season is here and I would like my mind and body to be filled up with sensations of holiday. No thinking and worrying about past mistakes; and no thinking and ...

  • Four reasons why a Digital business can fit to your new life as an Expat Mom

    Posted June 26, 2015 by Tal Regev

    Digital business model When I first found out about the Digital business model, I was thrilled. It fitted to every barrier that I felt as an Expat young mother.It was like to complete a puzzle that was unfinished in my soul, mind and spirit for so long. Since we relocated to Toronto in March 2012, I...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 25 June 2015

    Posted June 25, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Read our latest post on Your Favourite UK Brands in Spain and see how to avoid paying for returns. Daikin air con has a 15% discount at El Corte Ingles until 30 Jun, discount applied to units, not installation costs. If you’re looking for original printed cards for special occasions (invitations, po...

  • The Two Most Powerful Words - I AM

    Posted June 24, 2015 by Heather Jayne Wynn

    By now you may know I talk a lot about self-esteem, self-belief and living non-apologetically as our true selves. It’s something I’m supremely passionate about. Everyone I come into contact with, I wish to ignite a new spark of self-belief within them. That is my mission in life, to get to the core ...

  • 10 Things to see and do in Estepona

    Posted June 23, 2015 by Mari Carmen Lopez Sanchez

    1. Visit the historic center of Estepona: After years of reforms, the old town of Estepona shines, we could say it is one of the prettiest of the Costa del Sol. Charming village to get lost in its streets and admire the street murals. Shops, restaurants and bars … You will not have time to get bored...

  • Celebrating the Summer Solstice...

    Posted June 22, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    This weekend I celebrated the Summer Solstice with all my like-minded friends around the world. It is a day where we experience the most light… and for this reason Humankind has celebrated the Summer Solstice since the beginning of our times… in honour of the light of our Sun, Earth and own in...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 21, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    " A brain without a body could not think" M. Feldenkrais Our brain steals all the attention. If you pay any attention to a body it is always through the thinking mind; it tells you how to treat the body, how to tame it and control it. It is able to justify, hide and explain any abuse of the body. Th...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 18 June 2015

    Posted June 18, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Last chance to win 2000€ every month for life via Nescafé, ends 30 Jun. Download free maps and guides to Madrid via the official website (in several languages). Buy a family film by Twentieth Century Fox and get a free experience pack for families. Purchase at Media Markt or Fnac before 15 S...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 14, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is a different state of consciousness from our habitual one. Habitually we think constantly. Any smallest experience provokes a stream of thoughts connecting us to the past or to the future. One thought is being followed by another keeping us somewhere else, but definately not in the pres...

  • How your Passion can bring you a Passive Income On-line?

    Posted June 12, 2015 by Tal Regev

    Your passion What are you passionate about? What makes you so excited that it keeps you up at night? Is it cooking? Jogging? Writing? Is it teaching kids? Designing? Travelling to Africa? Read this short story: I know this woman who loves to knit. She thought it was a ‘weird hobby’. She knit scarve...

  • The charm of Mijas!

    Posted June 12, 2015 by Mari Carmen Lopez Sanchez

    Nature between the sea and the mountains, do you know Mijas?   We have written a small list of 10 things you can see or do in Mijas. Do you know this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol?   1. DONKEY TAXI RIDE: Did you ever have riding on a donkey? You can rent a taxi donkey for a walk through the st...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 11 June 2015

    Posted June 11, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Great savings at El Corte Ingles on electronics and home appliances until 18 Jun in stores and online. Discounts include: iPad Air WiFi 16 GB 349€, Mini 3 WiFi 16 GB 299€ 15% off Canon printers when you buy an original Canon ink cartridge 25% off Toshiba USB memory sticks 15% off Fujitsu air con...

  • Feeling and looking great in glasses

    Posted June 10, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    I remember kids in the playground being awful to those that wore glasses, calling them all kind of mean names and making their lives hell. I was delighted to learn (when a friends' kid got glasses a few years' ago) that this has all now changed and they couldn't wait to go to school with their new...

  • Using gratitude to inspire your writing and life

    Posted June 8, 2015 by Jacqui Malpass

    There is lots of research which shows that being grateful changes your perspective and allows energy to flow. A great mental attitude and seeing the good in all (when you can...) is life changing. That’s not to say that there is good in all, we know that. Yet I am still able to send love to the peop...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 7, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Our mind has enormous authority. We take it very seriously and treat it with respect. We believe what it tells us; and it loves talking, commenting, assessing, comparing and telling stories. It controls us. We are scared of not listenting to it. We are convinced that it has a solution and answer to ...

  • Why should you put your life on ‘hold’? OR The story of the 'Expat Wife' journey to achieve her gaols and dreams overseas

    Posted June 7, 2015 by Tal Regev

    What the hell do you want from life?  Do you feel alone and unfulfilled after becoming an ‘expat wife’? Did you ‘lose your career’ that you built back home for so many years after the relocation? Do you wish that you had more financial and time freedom so you could travel and visit your family over...

  • Becoming Visible

    Posted June 5, 2015 by Rebecca McDonnell

    Becoming visible, it's what I want and feel is starting to happen. The Back Story. Before coming to Spain I was getting a solid professional reputation, that was nearly 9 years ago. For the last two years I plonked myself well and truely in my past and by that I mean living a life of self pity and r...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 4 June 2015

    Posted June 4, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Here's just a selection of some of the great ways to save in Spain that were included in this week's MoneySaverSpain.com newsletter: If you need to get your garden in shape, remember that your local DIY store will hire out tools and machinery at a fraction of the cost of buying (if you only need th...

  • Another Adventure Emerges into the Sunshine.

    Posted June 2, 2015 by Rosalie Marsh

    The Long Leg of Italy: Explore with Just Us Two finally emerged from the wraps in January. Unfortunately, due to a lot going on in the family, promotion was pushed to the side somewhat. But we are now back on track - I hope. I had a book launch recently at a local eaterie. The Golden Lion, Rossett....

  • Flying off a mountain on the longest Zip Wire in Europe

    Posted June 2, 2015 by Rosalie Marsh

    What? Flying off a mountain? How? When?   Yes, I did, along with another nutter (pardon - Gold Wing Club member. Rather than repeat myself, I will point you to the direction of Rosalie's Chatter where there is a full story and lots of photos. We actually raised a lot of money for Dreamflight Childr...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted June 1, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Be good, be grateful, be compassionate; forgive, love, help, respect... My FB is full of these beautiful advices promising that in return I will get peace, happiness and love; angels will protect me and people will respect me, law of attraction will fulfill all my wishes and I only need to think pos...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 28 May 2015

    Posted May 28, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Carrefour stores “Save IVA” on over 1000 electronic and home appliance items. For every 100€ spent you’ll get 17.35€ back on a voucher. Promo ends 7 June, voucher must be used by 21 June. Examples of savings include: iPad Air 2 16 GB WiFi – costs 489€, get 88.02€ back. LG Ultra HD 4K TV – costs 779...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 25, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    "I THINK therefore I AM." Does it mean that if I don't think I don't exist? Thinking is about making sense from what we experience, describing the environment we live in. Thinking is a process of organizing, assessing and systemizing reality. It is important but is it truly the only valuable functio...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - Culture and history

    Posted May 24, 2015 by Tina Irving

    History has made Spain what it is - a multicultural, cosmopolitan country which is accepting of other cultures and ideas.  Since the days of Franco, Spain has changed considerably.  Gone are the days of trade embargoes and inward looking business practices.  They have been replaced by an outward loo...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 21 May 2015

    Posted May 21, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Freebie with a (small) catch: Get free Cirque du Soleil tickets … in Andorra! Standing tickets are free and if you book a hotel package you get a free seat at the show. Get access to free books, maps and more from the World Digital Library. Buy a promo bag of Florette salad and get a free experienc...

  • Celebration... Pain... and more Celebration...

    Posted May 17, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    What superb examples of being real, being amongst the people and enjoying a great celebration together… the Royal Family of Holland coming out into the streets year after year to celebrate with all the people the Kings/Queens birthday. Ever since I arrived in Holland in the early 80’s, I have enj...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 16, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    My life is full of tasks, obligations, duties, responsibilities and chores. They are consequence of the times and culture I live in. They are necessary to make me functional in the society. There are also tasks I do because I want to improve and develop. I go to courses, learn new skills and create ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 14 May 2015

    Posted May 14, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Free online course via The Open University & Future Learn: Managing My Money. Starts 17 Aug, lasts 8 weeks, 3 hours per week. 50% discount on Frappuccino at Starbucks 15-22 May from 5 to 7 pm. Free tours of Seville, Granada and Madrid available for groups of less than 10 people. Get a free win...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 11, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Your attention is the trophy. Everybody wants it. There are strategies and scientific stadies devoted to finding the best way of getting it. The reason for it is that there is so much on the market, and no product can be sold without catching your attention first. There is a virtual war for your att...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - cost of living

    Posted May 9, 2015 by Tina Irving

    In addition to the very reasonable property prices in Spain, there are many other considerations as to the cost of living.  In the UK, think of the high rates bills.  You can pay over £1000 for a four bedroom house, even in Scotland.  The rates will be even higher in London.  In Spain, again dependi...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 7 May 2015

    Posted May 7, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Supercor stores offer 10% back as a gift voucher on all purchases over 20€. Need to use voucher before 27 May.  El Corte Ingles promo: 20% back as gift voucher when you buy men’s & women’s frangrances, pharmacy items and make-up. Ends 17 May, in store and online. 4€ off a minimum 12€ spend at L...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted May 4, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation means to experience and feel environment without describing it and organizing it with thoughts. It means to see the person next to you without creating judgment about her or him. It means to smell tha air around you without trying to find a memory of the similar smell. It means to taste a...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - Property

    Posted May 2, 2015 by Tina Irving

    Property prices in Spain vary as much as they do in the UK.  Prices in Marbella and Puerto Banus can rival those in London, but you will get more for your money.  Whether you are looking for a crash pad in a city or a luxurious villa with pool out in the country, you will be spoilt for choice.  An a...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 30 Apr 2015

    Posted April 30, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Take a look at MediaMarkt’s “We’ve Gone Crazy” promo – cars, electric bikes, 70€ Lidl shopping basket for only 50€ and lots of other stuff that MediaMarkt don’t normally sell. Recycle your knickers! Intimissimi will give you vouchers for your old clothes (any brand, any condition): 3€ for bras, 2€...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 27, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    A plain has crashed, a school has been attacked, a boat has sunk. No chance to find anybody alive. The hope is gone.In front of such a tragedy, what we feel is grief, fear, despair. How to cope with that? Is there any way of getting through it? The disaster may not touch us directly, but we are awar...

  • Bioidentical Hormones to treat symptoms of the menopause naturally

    Posted April 26, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    The menopause is a difficult period of women’s lives, with a wide range of frustrating and embarrassing symptoms including hot flushes, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and more.  These symptoms are simply a sign that your hormones are out of balance, with too much of some and not enough of others. By r...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - life style

    Posted April 25, 2015 by Tina Irving

    The social life in Spain can be as hectic or as slow as you like!  The Spanish love socialising and meeting up with new friends and renewing old acquaintances.  Whereever you go in Spain you will find an expatriate club to join up with and speak your own language.  However, if your purpose in life i...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 23 Apr 2015

    Posted April 23, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Free crepes at McDonalds (need to buy a 1€ coffee), print coupon or show on smarphone and check participating locations, ends 30 Apr. Read our top tips on how to save at Ikea. Get 10 x 10 minutes free meditation sessions via HeadSpace. Nestle personalised chocolate boxes, 8€ discount until 20 May, ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 20, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is about feeling and allowing these feelings to be as they are even if they are uncomfortable. But we don't like discomfort and we turn to our intelligent mind for remedies to remove this poking feeling away. Sometimes we spend decades hoping that the mind, science or reasoning will take ...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - whatever the weather

    Posted April 18, 2015 by Tina Irving

    Spain has long been the favourite destination for sun seeking north Europeans.  The long hot days of summer and the cool, bright winters are a tonic from the hit and miss of summers in the UK or long dark winters.  Spring is the best time to be in southern Spain, although February is a beautiful mon...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 16 Apr 2015

    Posted April 16, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    See how to get discount coupons for top food brands in Spain and even free films via Danone. Buy an LG Hom-Bot vacuum cleaner and if you’re not fully convinced in 30 days you can return it and get a full refund. Check participating stores at link. Also from LG, buy Home Music speakers and get a fr...

  • Awakening and Integration is brutal and harsh... quiet and peaceful

    Posted April 13, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    A sunny peaceful day in Benalmadena Costa It is all happening now… quiet tranquil days of sunshine, feeling peaceful, calm and having lots of sleep… followed by stormy and wet days, feeling boundaries being crossed, stripped naked of comfort and familiarity and finding no rest or sleep. Pounding ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 13, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I had a cold recently; a common, unpleasant cold. I know the story of it, how it starts, the first symptoms, how it develops and all its stages. I do not like it, I get upset, irritated and angry that it is happening again. I am so careful avoiding draughts, freezing and lack of sleep. Still it is g...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 9 Apr 2015

    Posted April 9, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Use the Ikea food bag on Fridays – fill with products from Ikea’s food department and get a 15% discount. Ikea also offer a 10% discount (given as a gift voucher) on outdoor furniture on purchases made before 30 Apr. For both promos you’ll need an Ikea Family card (free). Tiendanimal offers a wide...

  • My experience of life on the Costa del Sol

    Posted April 6, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    I wanted to share with you ladies my experience of the Costa del Sol, for anyone who is thinking of moving here but maybe is put off by some of the stereotypes and some of the recent horrendous TV shows which highlighted a side of the area which we never see! My experience is of a family-friendly, ...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted April 6, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness-"I FEEL therefore I AM". The state of not thinking, as if there were no memories, no words, no ideas; the state from before language, concepts, repetition of behavior. The only thing you know is what you feel, what you experience with your senses. It is very beneficial to your system. I ...

  • Staying Open to Possibilities

    Posted March 30, 2015 by Kristine Hatfield

    My husband and I retired July 2013, sold our home and possessions and began traveling. We've been to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. This September we begin our first trip to Europe focusing on the Mediterranean countries. We have a house secured through the end of October. After that w...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 30, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Practice of meditation is changing my outlook on life and reality. The reality is something out there; it resists my plans, my expectations and intentions. I collide with it and am full of bruises. I always wanted to be safe and I was taught to believe that if I control the reality I will be safe. I...

  • Living in Spain

    Posted March 27, 2015 by Tina Irving

    In my list of ten reasons for living in Spain, I listed the weather, culture,  wine and other aspects, but British expatriates have long favoured Spain as the country to which to retire, closely followed by France. However, this has changed somewhat over the last decade since Spain joined the euro z...

  • Surviving the challenges of expat life

    Posted March 26, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    I love living on the Costa del Sol, but it's very hard making life abroad work when you're away from friends and family in a new place, with a different language and an alien culture. However I believe that you can make it work and the secret to that is learning the language. I have written a blog ...

  • A little present for all of you!

    Posted March 24, 2015 by Gema Perez

    It is a beautiful song: The Ave Maria from Schubert sung by me. Hope you like it :-) you can find it here: http://on.fb.me/1AqV7P5 Gema Perez

  • Any Science or Technology fans among us?

    Posted March 23, 2015 by Molly

    Hello This month I involved in the launch of Girls in Tech Spain. For anyone involved in STEM disciplines in Spain (Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths) It maybe of interest. Find more information in english about this project here> Launch of GIT Spain As we want to engage as many women i...

  • When to change to a Spanish driver's license as a EU citizen?

    Posted March 23, 2015 by Barbara de Swaan

      Since the introduction of a new law (RD 818/2009 de 8 de mayo) regarding the validity of a EU driver’s license, there are many questions and doubts about this subject. Let me clarify that we are no lawyers and you can’t hold us responsible for any information given regarding this subject, but we h...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 23, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is less thinking. What I mean by that is less judging,  less comparing, assessing, planning, calculating, telling stories about yourself and others, worring, foreseeing, etc...There is nothing wrong with these processes, they are necessary but it happens that you are unable to control tha...

  • Andalusian Cuisine - Do you know which are the Ventas?

    Posted March 20, 2015 by Mari Carmen Lopez Sanchez

    Andalusian cuisine, heritage Romans, Arabs and Jews. Richness and variety of flavors that make it a unique cuisine in the world. Dishes like gazpacho, the fried potatoes spanish style or bread crumbs with chorizo. The charm of discovering the specialties of each corner, get out and visit differents ...

  • Reasons to move to Spain - location

    Posted March 20, 2015 by Tina Irving

    The geographical location of Spain makes it a great base for expatriates working in the oil fields of the Middle East and is also easily in the commuter belt from Northern Europe.  Many people do this for several years before finally retiring to Spain, a slower pace of life with a milder climate tha...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 19 Mar 2015

    Posted March 19, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    With 4 packs of Danone Activia yoghurts, get a free experience pack (choose from spa, massage or beauty). Need to upload pincodes online, also with each pincode participate in a prize draw. 20% off bedding & home at Marks & Spencer EU, ends Monday, excludes luggage and sale items. Take a lo...

  • Viewing the solar eclipse safely

    Posted March 19, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    This Friday, March 20th, there will be a total eclipse of the sun, and a partial eclipse will be visible in Spain from 9am-11am. This fantastic astronomical phenomenon is rare and should not be missed, but viewing an eclipse can cause permanent damage, even blindness. Children particularly must be p...

  • Have You Been Saying No To Help?

    Posted March 18, 2015 by Kai-Ashley

    Many of us have been taught that there is something more admirable about going it alone. Often we have been taught to say no to help and feel bad if we say yes.... This comes from an old thinking. In the past, sometimes people really were alone. They really did have to do it by themselves. No wonder...

  • Spain... or France? All I know is that it is the right time to move abroad, personally AND financially

    Posted March 17, 2015 by Suzi Dixon

    There may be more high-paying jobs in Asia and better property prospects in Oz – but Spain and France remain as alluring to the British expat as ever. A new poll by investment experts the deVere Group places Spain and France in the top five sought-after destinations for UK citizens seeking a new lif...

  • Thinking about changing direction? Write your book first

    Posted March 16, 2015 by Jacqui Malpass

    Writing has always been a part of my life, I wish I knew then what I know now and had created an exit strategy for my old business that included writing a book and building my brand before I moved on. Having the opportunity and foresight to plan your exit or entrance is a wonderful thing. You may b...

  • Silence, men and their word budgets, digital VAT and more

    Posted March 16, 2015 by Annabel Kaye

    For those of you who missed it here is an unedited recording of the talk I gave on Friday at the wonderful Costa Women #MakeitHappenSpain 2015. We really need your help to fill in the survey (anonymous) and lobby the EU via the petition.  We are in Brussels next week and this is a great opportunity...

  • Ten reasons to move to Spain

    Posted March 16, 2015 by Tina Irving

    1.  The climate - most people say that to begin with but there are many other reasons. 2.  Lifestyle - the Spanish love their fiestas, eating out and socialising.  3.  Property - there is a wide range of property at excellent prices - especially at the moment with the strong euro. 4.  Education syst...

  • You or someone you know having relationship trouble?

    Posted March 16, 2015 by Lucy Greenwood

    During my latest trip to the Costa Del Sol - for the fantastic Costa Women Make it Happen Conference and The first Law Fair at Malaga University,  I was concerned to learn what legal advice was commonly being offered to those expats sadly facing a breakdown in their personal relationship and where t...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 16, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    -"Don't bother me with your advices and good intentions. I don't ask for it. I don't want it now. I am tired of your expectations and corrections. What I want is a piece of unconditional love, love which can accept me fully, as I am imperfect. Where can I find these rare goods? Can you tell me that?...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 12 Mar 2015

    Posted March 12, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Get a free cinema ticket when you buy a box of Popitas popcorn. Need to upload the receipt and your details online. Check out the latest competitions available in Spain – win 2000€ every month, a GoPro camera or a year’s supply of cereals. Take a look at the list of useful free apps about Spain fro...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 9, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is a meeting with your-self. It is actually a very constructive meeting and a very different from the habitual one. At this meeting you are not going to listen to a stream of thoughts about the future and the past, the thoughts that you already know by heart so well; after all you have be...

  • Love has no labels. Happy Women´s Day, Ladies!!!!

    Posted March 9, 2015 by Monica Udras

    Love has no Labels

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 7 Feb 2015

    Posted March 7, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Updated post on how to save at El Corte Ingles. Free his or hers Rituals facial treatment set when you spend 45€, valid until 29 Mar. Get a 10% discount on 39 different Ufesa products (irons, toasters, kettles, etc) until 15 Mar at Carrefour online only, pick up in store for free. Also at Carrefour...

  • With gratitude for ALL of my life...

    Posted March 6, 2015 by Barbara Franken

    Thought my Costa friends would like to know IAM still alive... I've been away and would of loved to have joined some get togethers, but now IAM back I will catch up with you all again... In the meantime I've written a small post to share with you my recent joys... Until soon again... Barbara  I...

  • Costa Women Costa Blanca South Group meet up - Wednesday, 25 February, Casino, Torrevieja

    Posted March 3, 2015 by Sandra Piddock

    Hello ladies. A windy Wednesday saw the day of the second local group meet up for Costa Women. They do say that small is beautiful, and if theat's the case, our group is pretty amazing, because just 6 ladies made it to the meeting. However those 6 ladies - including new face Sue Heapy-cernuda from A...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted March 2, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is experiential. What I mean by that is that you do it using your senses; you approach the reality by consciously feeling, hearing, testing, touching and seeing. It is not about reading, thinking and discussing what meditation is. It is about doing it with your body like any other activit...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 26 Feb 2015

    Posted February 26, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Get a 10€ voucher to spend at Decathlon when you buy Post-It products. Need to buy the number of units shown on the website (differs by products, eg. 12 rolls Scotch Magic tape or 2 packs 5-colours Super Sticky Notes). European Food Fair at Hipercor stores from today until the end of March with ove...

  • My latest novel is now out M IS FOR MEMORIES

    Posted February 23, 2015 by Joan Fallon

    With my latest novel, M IS FOR MEMORIES, I have moved away from historical themes to present day Marbella.  As usual I am writing about women and in this case the story looks at two areas - one is old age and the problems (and also the freedoms)of growing old; the other is about domestic abuse and h...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 23, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is fun. Meditation is pleasurable. I am so much involved with it that sometimes I forget to pass on this information. The pleasure of it has many forms. Sometimes it can be like a taste of your favourite ice-cream and sometimes like a pleasure of conquering a very difficult and dangerous ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 19 Feb 2015

    Posted February 19, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Free egg & bacon McMuffin at McDonalds until 28 Feb. Show coupon before 12:00h, need to buy a coffee, check participating restaurants. Get 20% off at Marks & Spencer EU until midnight 23 Feb on clothing, footwear and home. Use code MSEMFRIEND. Need to spend 30€ to get free delivery. Ikea o...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 16, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Why is it so difficult to explain what meditation is? I can use a metaphore here. Do you know what "chirimoya" is? It is an exotic, tropical fruit. I can describe its shape and colour and taste, but to fully know what it is you have to experinece with your body the taste, the smell, the touch and th...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 9, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I carry with me a picture, a concept of reality and I behave accordingly to this concept. But what if this concept is untrue, inadequate or out dated? My behaviour instead of helping me may hurt me. The reality, the environment is in constant change. I would like it to be solid and stable, but it is...

  • If you sell digital products in Europe your business may be trading illegally and you risk a big fine...

    Posted February 8, 2015 by Annabel Kaye

    Did you know how radically things have changed? From 1st January 2015 if you sell a digital product to a customer in the EU (not a business but an individual) you have to charge them VAT at the rate where they are (not where you are) and you will have to register for VAT in that individual countr...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 5 Feb 2015

    Posted February 5, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee machine only 29€ (normally 79€) when you buy 4 boxes of capsules. Also when you register online you’ll get a 10€ gift voucher. Take a look at our updated post on no-win no-fee websites to make a claim when your flight is delayed or cancelled. McFit gyms have 27 centres ac...

  • Hello again Costa friends

    Posted February 4, 2015 by Rosalie Marsh

    Buenas Dias Costa Ladies, This last year has been hectic and looking at my last post it is 12 months since I have posted. Where has the time gone to? Return to Spain. The end of March brough a special wedding anniversary and a visit to Gran Canaria after a family meal. What a beautiful island. We st...

  • New Costa Women group - Costa Blanca South group now established in Torrevieja

    Posted February 2, 2015 by Sandra Piddock

    I'm happy to report that the informal meet up aimed at establishing a local Costa Women group on the Costa Blanca on Thursday, 29 January was very successful, with 7 ladies gathering on the sun-drenched terrace of the Casino in Torrevieja. As of now, Costa Women within striking distance of Torreviej...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted February 2, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    A part of human nature is to feel emotions. When they are pleasant it gives an increase in energy, when they are uncomfortable they can put shadow over all other aspects of life. For many years I didn't know how to cope with this "negative" one or I could rather say my way of coping was to suppress ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 29 Jan 2015

    Posted January 29, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    See our new article on prepaid cards: pros & cons, where to get them in Spain and which ones are free. Promo at Carrefour until 9 Feb: Get VAT equivalent cashback (on quarterly Carrefour voucher) on over 1000 articles including all LG and Samsung TVs.  Eg for a TV that costs 679€, get 122.22€ b...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 26, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    There is security in the present. You know what you have here. It is calming for your mind. But the mind is trained to remember the past and to foresee the future. It is so well-versed in this occupation that it gets uneasy when it has to concentrate on the present. The present is simply boring to t...

  • Anyone for a girls night out???

    Posted January 24, 2015 by Fiona Gardie

    Hi there! Am looking for like minded single ladies in Marbella/ Puerto Banus areas who enjoy the odd night out! .. Must have outgoing personality but above all a good sense of humour ( well I am Irish after all!!) age is only a number but I guess 40's/50's but essentially young at heart.. I'm a sing...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 22 Jan 2015

    Posted January 22, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Rituals offer a free scrub cream when you spend 35€ in store or online (website available in English), ends 1 Feb. Updated post on meal deals and promos at family restaurant chains across Spain. 2€ discount on kids’ Kandoo wet wipes – buy a promo pack, register online and include the PIN number fo...

  • How to make the most of networking events

    Posted January 19, 2015 by Georgina Shaw

    Ahead of our networking event in Manilva on Wednesday 21st Jan I wanted to share some top tips on how to make the most of networking events to help you get great results.  Don't worry - If you're feeling nervous remember that a networking event is a place where people want to meet you, so it's fin...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 19, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The news are full of blood, war and disasters. Facebook and other social media are full of benevolent preaching, slogans and statements about positive thinking and goodness. This idea of thinking positively is getting on my nervs. How much can I suppress "negative" thoughts and "negative" feelings? ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 15 Jan 2015

    Posted January 18, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    This week we’ve been taking a look at BitLit – an app that will let you know if you can download a book for free when you upload a shelfie (photo of the books on your bookshelf). The app identifies the books and lets you know which are available free of charge. You’ll then you need to put your name ...

  • MARBELLA SKYSCRAPERS – MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    Posted January 17, 2015 by Chris Dove

    So New York´s One World Observatory tops Lonely Planet´s “must-do” experiences in 2015, beating the thrilling walk along Málaga’s perilous footpath, Caminito del Rey. A forest of towering glass and steel from which to catch an eyeful of NY´s cityscape, people demand landscape views from an ever high...

  • How long to become Fluent in Spanish?

    Posted January 15, 2015 by Molly

    Hello and Happy New Year! After living in Spain for 16 years I am often asked how long it took me to get a good level of Spanish. So I have carefully written up lots of my tips and tricks to share with you.  I have also added some of the parts I didn´t like so much and of course a good dose of ane...

  • Amazing Property Deal in Marbella - Selling Fast

    Posted January 12, 2015 by Emma Biggins

    We have updated some prices for a complex in Marbella (10min drive from city centre, 5 min drive to nearest beach)  It is a beautiful modern complex with great amenities.  This includes 24 hr security (the complex is also gated), indoor heated swimming pool, 2 outdoor pools, sauna and steam room, gy...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 12, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I am an artist by profession: I paint figurative pictures in acrylic. So why do I write a blog on mindfulness meditation? Being an artist is very interesting occupation, one never gets bored with the job, and one has to look for new ideas-new stories to paint with skill and talent. The challenge is ...

  • Freedom of the Press

    Posted January 9, 2015 by Chris Dove

    An early business card I designed, posted in support of Journalists and Press Freedom

  • PRESS RELEASE - JUSTICE FOR IBERIAN FUNERAL PLANS

    Posted January 9, 2015 by Marilyn Richardson

    JUSTICE FOR IBERIAN FUNERAL PLANS   Iberian Funeral Plans are delighted to announce that they have been accepted as the provider of plans to the employees of the Justice Services arm of Sodexo within the UK. Sodexo Justice Services operate 5 prisons within the UK but are responsible for 120 sites ac...

  • Calling Costa Women in Torrevieja - Let's get a group going!

    Posted January 8, 2015 by Sandra Piddock

    Happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 to all my Costa Women connections. Now that's out of the way, when are we going to become friends as opposed to online friends? I have it on good authority from Ali that there are 25 Costa Women in Torrevieja alone. That doesn't take into account Guardamar, Benijof...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 8 Jan 2015

    Posted January 8, 2015 by Maxine Raynor

    Happy New Year! My newsletter is back - for those that don't know me I run the website MoneySaverSpain.com and every week I post on Costa Women an extract from the weekly newsletter. Here are just some of the great offers included this week. Buy any goods online, pay by PayPal and if you need to p...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted January 5, 2015 by Izabela L-Sletner

    New Year Resolutions: a list of tasks to achieve and fulfill in the New Year. The promisses of our resolutions are beautiful, lofty and noble. The expectations are great. But on the way to their fulfillment we miss something and we quite often arrive at the next New Year with the same list of the sa...

  • FREE 2015 Trip Planner - one great idea for every month of the year!

    Posted January 5, 2015 by Belinda Beckett

      For a great antidote for the New Year blues, look no further than Belinda Beckett’s new downloadable e-guide:  The Beckett List 2015: 12 Sizzling Trips & Weekenders in Spain, Gibraltar & Morocco. The interactive, calendar-style guide features a different offbeat excursion for every month ...

  • How to Create a Vision Board for 2015

    Posted January 3, 2015 by Louise Gale

    Happy New Year to you all! Every January, without fail, you will find me creating a visionboard for the year ahead. I thought it would be great to post my annual 'How to' here on Costa Women so if you wanted to have a go at creating your own Vision Board for 2015, you can get started today. Feel f...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 29, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I have made a set of affirmation cards. Affirmation is abour ideal me. I wrote these bold statements about what I want to and should be, but what I am really not. The theory is that if I repeat these statements often enough I will become them. Does repetition of affirmations help? Does it really cha...

  • Costa Women 2014 in Review

    Posted December 28, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    Buckle your seat belts..  its time to review our Costa Women Year!   We were delighted to welcome the arrival of 945 new faces, creating a network and community of 3,360 members   We featured 50 members via interviews here including the launch of new Google Hangbags with host Fiona Catchpowle.  If...

  • Affirmations to kickstart your writing

    Posted December 28, 2014 by Jacqui Malpass

    An affirmation is “a declaration that something is true.” Affirmations bring conscious awareness to your thoughts. Interestingly when you start making conscious positive thoughts, you actually become more aware of the negative thoughts that often threaten to take over. It’s like having a little grem...

  • On Mindfulness

    Posted December 22, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    You do your mindfulness with your body, like you do walking and dancing or swimming or even watching. Mindfulness is a body-mind activity with the stress on the body. It is misunderstanding that mindfulness meditation is some kind of intellectual activity, (it is non-intellectual one). It seems to b...

  • Mad Men, Mad Women, Personal & Commercial Branding

    Posted December 16, 2014 by Chris Dove

    As with all good advertising headlines, ´I Need Mad Men! Publicity & Branding´ stopped me in my tracks – before following the path to Andalucía Lab, Marbella, to hear Personal vs. Commercial Branding techniques and opportunities for merging the two.   Many will have watched title series ´Mad Men...

  • On Meditation

    Posted December 15, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    What is your mind full of? If you pay attention you will find out that it is full aff thoughts and stories about your past and future. There is nothing wrong about it until you realize that they are there even when you don't want them to be there and you don't know how to stop this stream of thought...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 12 Dec 2014

    Posted December 12, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Here's our "12 Savings of Christmas" list from our last 2014 newsletter: J.K. Rowling will publish 14 tales available free on Pottermore from 12 Dec. (more details on Facebook). Buy an LG G3 smartphone at El Corte Ingles and get a free GPAD tablet (check units still available on LG’s website). Mo...

  • Have Yourself a Stress Free Christmas

    Posted December 9, 2014 by Sue Cross

    Sue’s Stress-free Christmas Christmas is a time when our expectations can be unrealistic and with this comes stress. It’s up there along with moving house and divorce as one of the most stressful times. Ah yes, I remember it well. Those days when I was a practising perfectionist, I did not enjoy Ch...

  • On Meditation

    Posted December 8, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    We want benefits in our life. We want reward and pleasure. And I want to convince you that learning meditation is beneficial and rewarding. How to describe pleasure? Is it an object or is it rather a feeling we get by acquiring an object, position or state? Everybody has a list of things that bring ...

  • Why Spain could gain from Portugal´s pain

    Posted December 7, 2014 by Chris Dove

    See full feature here: www.paradisemarbellarealty.com/blog/spain-could-gain-from-portugals-pain  

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 6 Dec 2014

    Posted December 6, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    If gifting money abroad this Christmas, take a look at TransferWise - it's cheap & quick. Great idea from My Project Me: how to create Christmas experience vouchers for free. Fnac online has a low cost section (hidden away!) with end-of-range, open box and refurbished items. Items either come w...

  • Christmas Appeal

    Posted December 3, 2014 by Jan Cooney

    We have started our annual appeal to buy the children in care in Alhaurin their dream Christmas presents. Can you help? Come along to our Christmas Fair or even if you can’t make it invite your friends. https://www.facebook.com/events/760737233981015/ You could buy a present. Give us your unused unw...

  • ...and the secret is out... For a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit

    Posted December 1, 2014 by Barbara Franken

    Now and again I read medical/scientific reports that literally open my eyes wide in disbelief, even in shock as the truth resonates with my heart and my own truth.  One such report I read about a year ago (concerned more and more people being put on statins for high cholesterol) and stayed with me, ...

  • On Meditation

    Posted December 1, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Mindfulness meditation teaches how to be present, how to redirect our attention to the here and now. I have discovered however that for many there is a fear of being present, as if the state of presence took away our precious memories and lofty plans. We are afraid of arriving into this realm as if ...

  • On Meditation

    Posted November 24, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    What I want to achieve or get, what I am after and what comes to me in a natural effortless way is almost always inexplicable to me. Sometimes there are so many struggles involved in a process of finishing something . All that running and racing for getting and fixing is pretty exhausting. Meditatio...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 23 Nov 2014

    Posted November 23, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Get a free digital guide to Wine Routes of Spain in English and more info at the official website. Try Wuaki online film streaming free for a month, then cancel at any time. See more info in our article from earlier this year. Find out more about Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Spain in our lates...

  • Facebook vs YouTube?

    Posted November 23, 2014 by Fiona Catchpowle

    Two years ago there was no hesitation – YouTube all the way to the bank, but NOW is a whole new ball game! How would you like over 12,000 views and 100 shares and 47, 000 post reach! Video Marketing is a great way of showing your clients what you do. You may have seen myGoogle+ Hangouts on Air Playl...

  • Looking for booking agent on the Costa del Sol

    Posted November 20, 2014 by Liona Gilad

    hi, i am looking for a booking agent on the Costa del Sol for our music cuartet- Liona & Serena Strings here's a link to our web with all the details (about the show, prices, curriculums, contact etc.) http://ishow.es/web/LionaSerenaStrings and to some recordings of the music https://soundclou...

  • A Girl is a half formed thing:

    Posted November 17, 2014 by Angie Clifford

    A few pages into this novel definitely decided I could read no more; turned to the trusted ‘Google’ for revelation. It would seem that many others felt the same as I; no doubt we are among the less intelligent of our species, or maybe just plain, uninformed. One of the thoughts that immediately came...

  • In the Frame! Interview with Sur in English

    Posted November 16, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    This week, I was honoured to have been featured by the Sur in English.  Read the interview below, or on page 33 of their digital edition here - http://services.surinenglish.com/virtual/20141114/ (page 33)    

  • Summit´s up with the world

    Posted November 14, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Horizon%20silhouette%20moon%20%C2%A9%20Chris%20Dove.jpg No laughing matter, but it´s been entertaining studying the sour faces among global leaders meeting for recent finance and diplomatic talks. Through gritted teeth, China and Japan agreed to bury the hatchet; David Cameron´s Botox-like features ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 13 Nov 2014

    Posted November 13, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Get a free dental check-up for your dog from 15 Nov to 15 Dec - enter your postcode to find details of participating vets. Toys at El Corte Ingles: 20% discount on purchases until 23 Nov given as gift voucher to use from 26-31 Dec. The Body Shop has promos online including 50% off second item, fre...

  • "The Art (and Magic) of Following Our Dreams"

    Posted November 11, 2014 by Jean Gilhead

    When I was little, we lived in leafy Kew opposite the Botanical Gardens near London. ‘50s England was a time of innocence and unhurriedness.  Although the road we lived on was relatively quiet compared to now, it was classed as a ‘main’ road into London as perhaps one car would speed by at 40mph eve...

  • On Meditation

    Posted November 10, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    I love meditation. It is like a chocolate that I can eat without worrying about calories. It is like holidays without any costs. It gives me feeling of peace, relaxation and clarity. And I get all these simply by being present, connecting to my own body. It opens a wonderful space of opportunities, ...

  • Positively Pink/Blue

    Posted November 7, 2014 by Pat Jay

    On behalf of the team at Positively Pink/Blue I would like to thank each and every one of you that contributed towards the fund raising for this year. Without you we could not continue the amazing work and screening programmes that are in place at the moment. We raised 23,500 euros at the Pink Ball ...

  • November Art Challenge - Creative Costa

    Posted November 5, 2014 by Louise Gale

    Hi everyone, would you like to join our challenge this month to create something with the theme of Spanish doors? We have a lovely arty group on facebook who post their photos and images of artwork from each monthly theme. To see recent artwork, please take a look on our gallery page on Creative Cos...

  • A Time of Great Change... and Menopause

    Posted November 3, 2014 by Barbara Franken

    I find myself in times of great change.  A time where consciousness itself is shifting dramatically and as each day unfolds I become more conscious of the consciousness that IAM, the IAM presence that observes my human self with compassion and I expand and open up more and more to my light, my...

  • On Meditation

    Posted November 3, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Our mind speaks with words. The never-ending monolog or imaginary dialog we have in our heads is verbal; the letters, the words, the grammar and the stories. Our intelligence uses this medium-the language to asses, to judge, to compare, to argue and to tell stories. But we are not only the speaking ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 30 Oct 2014

    Posted October 30, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    1. Up to 25% off items atDebenhams International home department until 2 Nov and free shipping on orders over £50.   2. Trade in your old TV at Carrefour when you buy a new one and get a discount. Used TV must be in working order and come with cable and remote control. Flat screen over 39”: 130€ d...

  • Special Kind of Caring

    Posted October 29, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    We recently enjoyed a presentation from Cudeca - a Costa del Sol based hospice charity set up by Joan Hunt OBE.  Joan's own husband died through cancer and Joan was inspired to create the charity in 1991.  The charity has since 1991:- - cared for more than 9,000 patients since 1992 - given support t...

  • Patchwork Talleres Craft and Technical for Beginners

    Posted October 28, 2014 by Andrea Medina

    Marbella Academy Agora opp. Municipal Theatre ~ Patchwork for beginners! See www.academiaagoramarbella.blogspot.com ~ English and Spanish Craft Patchwork or Technical ~ Professional Starter Kit available or ask about materials Enjoy learning about the steps to create an heirloom or craft beautiful ...

  • CONGRATULATIONS FROM IBERIAN FUNERAL PLANS S.L.

    Posted October 27, 2014 by Marilyn Richardson

    Congratulations and thank you to all who entered our FREE competition. Special thanks to Salon Varietes for providing tickets to their prodictions and not fogretting the wine and cava supplied by IBERIAN FUNERAL PLANS   Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Goodwin who won two tickets for "TWO" also Congr...

  • On Meditation

    Posted October 27, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The vocabulary used by so called "alternative people" has been incomprehensible to me for a very long time. I knew the words, but their meaning was vague and unclear. Here are some examples: "empty your mind", "open your heart", "abandon your ego". I simply didn't know how to empty my mind, how to o...

  • Promote Your B2B Events on BusinessCosta

    Posted October 26, 2014 by Pepita Bos

    Business life on the Costa has certainly been getting more interesting over the last couple of years. Costa Women has been around for some time now and in May of 2013 Malaga Business Minds started with monthly presentations and networking. This summer BNI made a restart in the Malaga area. More and...

  • Cartama ladies

    Posted October 25, 2014 by Annalene Brown

    Are there any ladies living in or near Cartama who can give me advice about which areas are good residential and not so good. We are presently looking to buy a country property and need help. We have seen some lovely large properties online but have been told that some areas of Cartama are on the  ...

  • Win Seven Crime Novels in Free to Enter Competition

    Posted October 21, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    For the launch of Looking for a Reason, number four in the D.I. Paolo Storey series, I have a fabulous prize on offer. The competition is free to enter and doesn’t require a purchase of any kind. Would you like a bumper pack of fabulous crime fiction from some of today’s top authors? One lucky winn...

  • On meditation

    Posted October 20, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    We all crave for anconditional love; it means that whatever we do, however we look like, whatever we own we are accepted and valuable. We are accepted not only for oue saccesses but faults, mistakes and misbehaving as well. To feel this relaxation in the body and mind of not having to prove anything...

  • Costa Women Axarquía Launched

    Posted October 19, 2014 by Pepita Bos

    On Thursday October 16th we had the launching event of Costa Women Axarquía. Although there have been other groups, outside and within Costa Women, there was not much going in in the Axarquía recently. So last Thursday 15 women gathered at La Tasca in Torre del Mar for a first meetup. It was an inf...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 18 Oct 2014

    Posted October 18, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    New Dolce Gusto coffee machines Oblo or Jovia with 5 boxes of capsules for 79€ until 20 Oct. Kiabi stores & online promo: 50% off second knitwear item. Jet 2 are repeating their 20% off promo, ends 21 Oct. Discount automatic on flight & taxes, not extras, until 15 Nov 2015. Aki DIY stores ...

  • A Spanish Love Affair!!

    Posted October 14, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Hello Lovely Costa Women!  Wow this is exciting…For the first time ever, two weeks ago, we are handed our Boutique Blog over to a Real Bride! The first of 3 very special Brides who have tirelessly planned and implemented their Spanish Weddings themselves! Today we have the gorgeous Nikki Hinkinboth...

  • Spring Wedding Colour Trends for 2015 Part 2.

    Posted October 14, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Hello Costa Women, Here is just a taster of our Spring Wedding Colour Trends for 2015 Part 2. Strawberry Ice Wedding Colour Trends in Spain 2015 Strawberry Ice- 16-1720- Pairs well with Toasted Almond and Tangerine – Aptly named,  Strawberry Ice is suggestive of a cooling and refreshing delicacy...

  • Wedding Colour Trends for Spring 2015- Part 1

    Posted October 14, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Hello Costa Women, Here is just a taster of our Spring Wedding Colour Trends for 2015 Part 1. The Weddings of 2014 are coming to a close and Autumn is upon us, so what better time to introduce to you a wonderful myriad of beautiful colour palettes to inspire your Spring in to Summer Weddings for 2...

  • On meditation

    Posted October 13, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    A thought is never in the present. It is always in the past or in the future if only for a fraction of a second. If you want to connect to the present, you have to connect to something that exists in the here and now, namely your body. And the easiest way is to become aware of your own breath. So ta...

  • 2014-2015 Lunar Eclipse Cycle... A Time to be Truly Balanced

    Posted October 12, 2014 by Barbara Franken

    September 22 and 23, 2014 we have celebrated the Autumn Equinox. It was and still remains the perfect opportunity for us to make sure we are balanced, putting ourself first, prioritising things that are important to us. Releasing everything that no longer serves us. Walking away from situations that...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 11 Oct 2014

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    1.  Updated post: discounts, free delivery & returns on men’s & women’s shoes online. 2.  Next week sees the launch of the GREAT initiative with El Corte Ingles showcasing UK food, drink, fashion and culture during 3 weeks. 3.  Get cheaper utilities in Spain – see how via the OCU consumer ...

  • Artisan ceramic tiles, stunning online art gallery

    Posted October 7, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Ceramic tiles have left an indelible stamp on Andalusian culture for centuries – a fundamental feature of Spanish culture conjuring up images of undulating countryside, dancing horses and fiery flamenco. Combined with a series of unusual Modernist themes, these artistic images have been committed to...

  • On meditation

    Posted October 6, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Is meditation boring? For people looking at a meditating person it might seem boring. But that goes for so many occupations. How interesting is it to an outsider to look at a person reading an incredibly fascinating book?  The feeling changes when you start to read the book yourself. But you have to...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 3 Oct 2014

    Posted October 3, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Here's an extract from the latest MoneySaverSpain.com newsletter - especially tailored for CostaWomen!. -  Updated post: new free experience packs from Listerine and Johnson’s Baby. -  Buy a Bosch EcoSilence dishwasher and get six months Finish detergent free. Offer valid till end 2014. -  Ikea pro...

  • Wedding Gown Shopping Tips and Advice!

    Posted October 1, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Happy Wednesday! Following on from our fabulous feature Wedding Gown Trends for 2015, we have some tips and advice for shopping for your wedding perfect Wedding Gown! So let’s get down to the nitty gritty!! I am not about to tell you that this will be easy, that you will definitely love every momen...

  • Wedding Gown Trends for 2015

    Posted October 1, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Hello Gorgeous Ladies, Today’s post is the first installment of a two part article for the Bride’s of 2015...I thought you might know a few!! Finally, the most exciting, emotional and important task for your Wedding Day has arrived, it’s time to book your appointments and choose your dream Wedding ...

  • Our Top Ten Pinterest Pins!

    Posted October 1, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Hello my lovely ladies...I have a confession to make, I am completely and utterly addicted to Pinterest! I just love all the prettiness, the beautiful and the oh so inspiring photos that you find there. Whether it's decor inspiration for our latest bride and groom or wedding dress inspiration for a ...

  • Positivity Project- September 2014

    Posted October 1, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Good Morning everyone and welcome to October!! Autumn is well and truly with us, even if the weather is still throwing us the occasional balmy day! Back in August we were in need of a little self motivation so we launched a Positivity Project. Each week for 5 weeks, we reported all the positive and ...

  • On meditation

    Posted September 29, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Anger is part of our life. We all can feel this rising, pushing sensation. This energy makes us to yell, criticize and attack (both verbally and physically) other people, oftenest the closest one whom we in reality want to protect and love. Instead we hurt them. We never give our self time, a second...

  • Why I have (and haven't) been Quiet

    Posted September 28, 2014 by Gaile Griffin Peers

    I have been more than a little quiet on Costa Women for months and have only one excuse - I have been so incredibly busy, I have hardly had time to breathe! I am now at a "take a deep breath moment" - before ploughing on - so am making a quick update, here and trying to catch up on everyone else's n...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 25 Sept 2014

    Posted September 25, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    -  See how to get a grant when you buy a new boiler – available in 4 regions in Spain including Andalucia. -  Amazon UK promo: Kindle unlimited £7.99 per month, try free for first 30 days. Amazon Spain: Kindle with touch screen 79€. -  Kiwoko pet food online offers 25% discount on any size Dog Chow ...

  • Costa del Sol gets Google makeover

    Posted September 24, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Costa del Sol is one of the most frequently used Google search terms, as 160 real estate agents and marketing professionals were informed by online marketing consultants OptimaSit during Tuesday’s information-packed technology training session in Marbella. Held in the sleek surroundings of Andalucía...

  • ORANGES, FLAMENCO AND FINNISH LESSONS

    Posted September 23, 2014 by Mary Carmen Soto-Skotnicka

    http://www.paradisemarbellarealty.com/blog/oranges-flamenco-and-finnish-lessons/ Mountains and valleys, vineyards and orange groves, tiny towns in the hills. Low two-storey houses, whitewashed with chalk, with color inserts and louvered doors … The Costa del Sol, the coastal region of Andalusia is ...

  • On meditation

    Posted September 22, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    If you want to have it in your life you have to have it in your body. HOW? By learning meditation.

  • Farmers' Markets in Madrid

    Posted September 21, 2014 by Anne Pinder

    Hello Costa Women especially Madrid members. I'm new to the club but not new to Spain!   Just learned about a new farmer's market in the main square of Matadero cultural center (metro Legazpi, just off south end of Madrid Rio park). First edition is next weekend, Sept 27-28, supposedly it will be e...

  • Hand craft Jewellery Collection

    Posted September 20, 2014 by Fanny Delannoit

    am proud to present you my jewellery collection. https://www.facebook.com/delannoit.creations Need a versatile bracelet that goes with anything in your wardrobe? Well, this is it! This style of bracelet is fun and comfortable to wear. Jewellery is created to make your soul smile! A beautiful elega...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 18 Sept 2014

    Posted September 19, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Get a free guided tour of Cordoba. Spain’s Fiesta del Cine is back – cinema tickets only 2.90€ each during 3 days in Oct. Register for Casa Shops newsletter to get a 10% discount when you next visit one of their stores and a free bag. Newsletter subscribers also get exclusive discounts. Promos at ...

  • Pound strengthens after "No" vote

    Posted September 19, 2014 by Rikke

      Pound strengthens after "No" vote The pound has reached a two-year high against the euro and rose against all major currencies this morning, as Scotland voted against independence.   Overnight Scotland voted to remain as part of the United Kingdom with the result in Fife confirming that the "No...

  • Yes" to longer opening hours "No" to higher charges

    Posted September 18, 2014 by Rikke

    "Yes" to longer opening hours "No" to higher charges We're here longer to help with any foreign exchange requirements you may have. The impending Scottish referendum raises the possibility of one of the most dramatic changes in UK history. The consequence of a ‘Yes’ vote would have huge impact t...

  • Get A Radiant Glow - Improve Your Lymph Flow

    Posted September 17, 2014 by Kathy Smyth

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage For the Face Lymph is a bit of a mystery for most of us - a fluid flowing just below the skin collecting toxins that are eliminated when we sweat or urinate. When lymph flow becomes sluggish, toxins hang around in the body longer. You may see puffiness, dull skin, dark cir...

  • Catalonia Is Not Spain – A Historical Perspective: We can help to get this published, Costa Women!

    Posted September 15, 2014 by Sandra Piddock

    This is a plea for help to get my friend and fellow writer Simon Harris into print with his new book: Catalonia Is Not Spain – A Historical Perspective.Simon came to Barcelona in 1988 for two weeks – and stayed. He’s a historian, English teacher, jazz musician and property finder – and a fervent sup...

  • On meditation

    Posted September 15, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    How to solve a problem that has been bothering you for a long time?You are exhausted, upset and getting irritated with absurdity of life. So if you haven't been able to solve that problem with your excellent mind and well trained intelligence there is a possibility that some other part of you may be...

  • anyone out there with a wedding dress !

    Posted September 15, 2014 by karen lucinda banham

    Good morning ladies Is there anyone that still has their wedding dress hanging up in a wardrobe and would love to put it back on again for a day !!  we are urgently in need of some bridal models for a photoshoot in MArbella tomorrow !! Late notice I know, but we have been let down . Please contact...

  • "Clear Mind, Healthy Body" group for women who want the best out of life.

    Posted September 14, 2014 by Maria Steffensen

    Clear Mind, Healthy Body – The Group for Women who want the best out of life. We are just about to start up the third group for women here on the coast, and I am really looking forward to it. One of the previous participants says: “I am thrilled with the results I have achieved by putting into prac...

  • Sounds accompanies us from the beginning

    Posted September 14, 2014 by Christine Heckel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsAMOwa-y-IThe rich in overtone sounds of a singing bowl seem to be so familiar because they resemble the background noise, as perceived by an unborn child in the womb. The anaesthesiologist Dr. Fred J. Schwarz conducts research to music therapy using the sounds, also...

  • Marbella versus Dubai

    Posted September 12, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Hand up! Though in the minority, I was (still am) pro-skyscraper building in Marbella when thoughtfully planned and located, and I´ve written lots about architecture and urban design in Dubai…a theme I´m repeatedly drawn to with new developments in the pipeline in both destinations. http://www.parad...

  • Marbella meets Manhattan

    Posted September 12, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Despite sitting 5,880 kilometres away in Málaga’s 27°C late summer heat, I can still feel the bone-melting -2°C that hit me as I exited New York´s Central Station on the first of five pre and post 9/11 visits to the City. Spending three weeks over Christmas with friends in Greenwich Village, we head...

  • Moneycorp Market update - Scottish referendum polls still knocking sterling about

    Posted September 12, 2014 by Rikke

    Scottish referendum polls still knocking sterling about The pound has today regained some lost ground against the single currency as the latest opinion poll conducted by the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record reported a swing back in favour of the No campaign, with 53% opposed to Scottish indepe...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 11 Sept 2014

    Posted September 11, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    New article on MOOCs (massive open online courses) includes info about a course for Spanish learners from Canvas – starts 22 Sep, ends 1 Dec and it’s free. Ikea 15% off bathroom furniture with Ikea Family Card (free, get in store). Valid 12 Sep to 2 Oct, amount returned as gift voucher. Family Car...

  • Alterations Service in Marbella Englsh and Spanish Professionals

    Posted September 10, 2014 by Andrea Medina

    Aggie and Fred now available for your adjustment,alteration and even upcycling old into new for gifts, decoration and wardrobe, call or whatsapp 651583459 see bodadesignmarbella.wordpress.com for mire about them.

  • On meditation

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Why do I write this blog "On Meditation"? The reason is that I would like to encourage people to try meditation, to give it a chance and if they like it to have it as a daily routine. I teach meditation and I use meditation as one of the tools for helping people to have a harmonious life. Not to cha...

  • ALL EYES ON ESTEPONA

    Posted September 7, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Seeking to escape the madding crowd, Estepona was my first choice location on the Costa del Sol. I'd booked a month-long stay on an inland horse farm, soaking in my wonderful new surroundings on weekly trips with the crew to buy feed, straw and hay – even mucking in with the occasional mucking out! ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 4 Sept 2014

    Posted September 4, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Free Back to School gifts with Frigo products (Magnum, Cornetto, Calippo, Ben & Jerry’s, Carte D’Or): With 3 products free pencil case, 4 products free backpack and 5 products free blanket. Need to upload receipts before 15 Oct. Vueling offers 1 million seats from 24.99€ each way. Book before ...

  • Traditional Yoga myths dispelled: Why anyone can practice yoga!

    Posted September 1, 2014 by Lori Sjollema

    Unlike any other form of exercise, sport or training, yoga is a practice for the heart, mind, body and soul. To many, this ancient spiritual practice is a way of life, whilst to some it’s a hearty daily workout. Some practice it as a form of meditation and others as an exercise in unwinding and reli...

  • On meditation

    Posted September 1, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    Meditation is saying hello to your own body, making an acquaintance with this perfect power station that has been supplying you with ready solutions to your everyday life. It works 24/7. It really deserves some gentle attention from you. It has been coping with all the corrections, expectations and ...

  • Britain's lost children

    Posted August 29, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    This summer we have had a house full of children and watching them play and jump endlessly in and out of the swimming pool made me reflect on a book I published last year about three children who lose their home, their family, even their country. Their lives could not have been more different from t...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 28 August 2014

    Posted August 28, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    The newsletter from my website MoneySaverSpain.com is back after the summer break and here's an extract especially tailored for Costa Women! H&M has launched its online store in Spain with free delivery until 17 Sep - use code 0006. Marks and Spencer EU promos: 20% off men’s suits, women’s jump...

  • Inspired By Spain Too....

    Posted August 26, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    Inspired by Spain too... Continuing on from last weeks Blog, Inspired by Spain we wanted to share another wedding palette inspired by the beauty and nature of Spain. So today, it's all about Lemons! Their fresh citrus scent, their thirst quenching juice and their beautiful bright colourful skin! L...

  • Wedding Palettes Inspired By Spain...

    Posted August 26, 2014 by Lucy Bennett

    At The Boutique Wedding Co. we specialise in gorgeous weddings in Andalucia, Southern Spain. You might be wondering to yourself, why would someone want to marry in Andalucia, why Southern Spain perhaps? Unless of course like us, you have already fallen in love with and been seduced by the charm and ...

  • On meditation

    Posted August 25, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    There are subjects that seem rather boring or uninteresting while talked of or intellectually explained. How much fun is it in talking abour swimming, dancing or riding a bike? The fun is in using the body and the muscles. The fun is in a physical activity itself and not in the instruction booklet. ...

  • DOING IT FOR THE GIRLS IN MARBELLA 2014

    Posted August 20, 2014 by Jennifer Stroud

    Beautiful Minds Inspire People. Showing gratitude to a team of inspiring women in Business and to Costa Women for their driving vision and belief in every women! It's not always easy to compete in business and when women stride away with entrepreneurial qualities it should be celebrated! http://www...

  • Summer offer

    Posted August 19, 2014 by Linda Halbert

    Welcome Hi, Well here we are in Summer! And what a summer it is. Lots of lovely sunshine as always here in Spain, fantastic. The summer puts everyone is a good mood, so I have decided to run a very special early booking Offers until the end of September 2014: Focus on yourself and book your 'Art ...

  • Actress Sherrie Hewson and her Benidorm Loose Women!

    Posted August 16, 2014 by Irena Bodnarec

    The Benidorm actress and Loose Women panallist Sherrie Hewson came to Benidorm this week and recreated her famous lunchtime chat show with ex-pat ladies who have made the move to Benidorm. It will be screened in early September on the Good Morning Britain breakfast show. http://www.benidormallyearro...

  • Creative Costa Gallery of work

    Posted August 14, 2014 by Louise Gale

    Hi everyone, just wanted to pop in to share some of the GORGEOUS work being created by our Creative Costa group on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativecostainspired/ Each month I set a creative challenge inspired by something from our beloved Costa del Sol. We share our work in progre...

  • Sunbed wars on Benidorm´s beaches

    Posted August 14, 2014 by Irena Bodnarec

    Tempers were certainly raised on Benidorm beaches last week as police tried to calm irate holidaymakers. The Town Hall have received notification from "Costas" – the authority which are responsible for the beaches that they must enforce the 1988 Coastal Act. This states that there must be a 6 metre ...

  • On meditation

    Posted August 11, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    What is "a negative feeling"? It is a judgement on what you actually feel. Your mind gives this title. A feeling is not good or bad. it simply flows through your body. Don't run away from it and don't suppress it. Stay; allow it to be; listen. How? Solution: LEARN MEDITATION 

  • The Eulogy- A reminder to be yourself

    Posted August 6, 2014 by Hollie (Bealey) Rolla

    Sometimes it´s hard to be who we really are and accept ourselves exactly as is. We have basically been raised in a society where we have been taught we need to be accepted by others, and alot of the time, instead of forming our own opinions of ourselves and our value, we base this on what our peers...

  • Health check for women in the NHS

    Posted August 3, 2014 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I will describe here what gynecological screening is done in andalucía, other autonomous communities might do something different, but usually the differences are minimal. When in doubt check at your healthcare centre. There is always a protocol published by the sanitary institutions of the communit...

  • Fotos rool, KO?

    Posted August 2, 2014 by Chris Dove

    The positive rapid responses people posted after seeing my 'This is what we're here for' photo is final proof – if needed – images have taken over the web. Text is dead!   Not a good time to be camera-shy, there's slim chance you're not snapping and adding to the growing cyberspace art gallery.   Ba...

  • On meditation

    Posted August 1, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    The habitual state for a human being is a state of RESISTANCE. We are in a state of protecting our tastes, identity and our set of values most of the time. We use so much energy for these protective actions that there is no much left for anything else. This alertness makes us tense and limited. We c...

  • A true horse story - Coín, 1936

    Posted July 31, 2014 by Jane Arredondo

    Dark Night, Black Horse is based on a true story told me by a friend who breeds Pura Raza Español horses in Coín. In the first year of the Spanish Civil War, Nationalist troops came to requisition his grandfather Diego’s favourite black stallion. Diego’s son, aged about eight at the time, then goes...

  • On meditation

    Posted July 28, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    So what is meditation? I choose this DEFINITION: Meditation is any activity which you are doing devoting 100% of your attention to it. You are 100% aware of your body and mind being involved in it without any intention of changing, judging or correcting it. Meditation is about being in the here and ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 24 July 2014

    Posted July 24, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Stay at a Parador in Spain 3 consecutive nights for the price of 2 during August; prices include breakfast.   Apple discounts available during summer for students, parents and teachers in Spain.   Up to 85% off a selection of ebooks in English from Amazon Spain. If you have children and still haven...

  • Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    Posted July 24, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    What do you want to achieve in August?  As part of Action August we are going to dip into and create a S.MA.R.T. Goal, or Goals to ensure we achieve what we set out to by 31st August.   S.M.A.R.T. stands for:- Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely What does each part of the puzzle mean? ...

  • Add A Blog Post

    Posted July 24, 2014 by Angela Seager

    Where have all the icons gone.... I can't see the link icon, the picture icon, the film icon, the paper clip icon in order to upload photos to the site. I have clicked on Add a blog post as suggested, but as usual it takes forever for me to work stuff out that looks so simple!!!

  • On meditation

    Posted July 21, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    "Meditation and BODY". What does body have to do with meditation? Is not meditation something transcendental, spiritual and beyond the banalities of matter? Actually meditation and physical body are inseparably connected. Your body is always present in the here and now, contrary to your thoughts whi...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 19 July 2014

    Posted July 19, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Free e-book from Lonely Planet: 50 Secret Places in Europe. Also from Lonely Planet, if you subscribe to their newsletter you’ll get a 20% discount on your next guidebook purchase (at bottom of page link). For Dolce Gusto machine owners: buy any 6 boxes of capsules and get a box of one of the cold...

  • TEA AT SAM'S

    Posted July 15, 2014 by Sue Cross

    Just enjoyed a morning out with my other half and ended up in a cafe, where we had a cup of deliciousness and a slice of lemon drizzle cake. Yum. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine that I was having #TEA AT SAM'S...https://www.tinyurl.com/n9sufkb

  • Filthy Lucre - a short story with a twist...

    Posted July 12, 2014 by Sue Cross

    Click the link to read this and other free short stories. Just the right length before a siesta zzz! http://www.suecross.com/index.php/short-stories/filthy-lucre/

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 11 July 2014

    Posted July 11, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Receive a free laser hair removal session (underarms or bikini line) at Pelo Stop (locations in 22 cities in Spain). Just like on Facebook and download coupon. No need to sign up for any more sessions. Online shoes offers with free delivery & returns: Clarks EU have discounts on summer sandals...

  • Raising Money for Injured Soldiers

    Posted July 9, 2014 by karen lucinda banham

    Hi Everyone My amazing son - in -law  is currently going through a summer of fund raising by running 8 tough mudder events . and believe me it is seriously tough and very muddy !  James trains young army cadets in building and engineering skills , sadly some of the young men he trains return from d...

  • Writing for Children - tip three

    Posted July 7, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    For those who are following the tips on writing for children, I'm posting the link to tip three here: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/writing-for-children-tip-3.html Although the tips on writing for children only appear weekly, there is lots of information for writers of all g...

  • All together in a Costa Women Charity Dance!

    Posted July 6, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    If you are wondering what all the fuss is about for our Costa del Sol Summer Party, hear more about the event from Eunice O'Rouke when she spoke to Fiona about the event as well as her business on the Costa del Sol:- There is also a new video out about our chosen charity - Danii's Charity -  Wat...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 3 July 2014

    Posted July 3, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Ikea Family Card (free loyalty card) promo: 20% back as gift voucher when you buy a spring mattresses, need to buy before 31 Jul. Also at Ikea get a free evening meal until 14 Aug and kids eat free (cost of meal 7.95€ given as gift voucher). Play houses by Feber, get 21% cashback. Ends 6 Jul, downl...

  • Work on the beach and other employee benefits !

    Posted July 1, 2014 by Dorothy Dalton

     Great employee benefits can be as important as salary Do you have a place on the Costas and would like to spend more time there by working flexi-time or working remotely?  Then this 3Plus Mini-Coaching session is for you! Online and interactive 1900 CET Tuesday July 8th.   Join me and Victoria P...

  • Writing for Children - tip two

    Posted June 30, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    The second in the series of tips on writing for children is now up on my blog. I will be adding a new tip each Friday, so if you are interested in the topic, why not bookmark the page? If you know of anyone planning a children's novel, be sure to tell them about the series of tips. Writing for Chi...

  • Marbella's head for heights continues

    Posted June 28, 2014 by Chris Dove

    How heartening to hear I'm not a lone voice after all… Following the furore over plans to erect a limited number of elegant skyscrapers in Marbella – which would have caused minimum disruption to the landscape while giving the town a much-needed new selling point as destinations strive to stand-out ...

  • Feed back...

    Posted June 28, 2014 by Nicole King

    I can't thank you all enough for your support of an English language radio programme from Marbella Town Hall.  We really do have a very active, attentive, vocational and tangible Mayoress and team and they all want to ensure you make the most of YOUR Marbella - Mi Marbella is your ear and voice to w...

  • Spectrum FM Frequencies :)

    Posted June 27, 2014 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    You can listen to Spectrum FM Costa Del Sol via the following: 88.7 Nerja to Calahonda91.4 Calahonda to Estepona 97.6 Estepona to Algeciras including Gibraltar Or Online Via our player, click the link below, alternatively for those techy people out there, you can download our free app in the go...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 26 June 2014

    Posted June 26, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    We used Ulabox this week (online supermarket) to order heavy, bulky items. Their website is really easy to use even if your Spanish is not so great. Go in via this link to get 5€ off your first order, delivery free if you spend 59€. Clarks EU website summer sales, up to 50% off in all departments –...

  • Quantum Healing What's that?

    Posted June 24, 2014 by Dorota Anna Rozmus

    Quantum Healing - Quantum Singing? What do I really do ? Well this is amazingly , beautifully Big Subject that is touching and opening parts of your Being that has not been open or understood by mind. Quantum energy is vibrating and waiting within our field of higher Self to bring this incredible kn...

  • Take control of your emotions and free your Ego

    Posted June 23, 2014 by Hollie (Bealey) Rolla

    I was talking with a friend yesterday via Skype and as soon as the call connected I could sense something was wrong. After asking her what was going on, she burst into tears and told me that she was completely overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty about her finances, her relationships and why she was ...

  • Thinking of writing for children?

    Posted June 23, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    I have started a series of posts giving tips on writing for children. If this is something that interests you, please visit my blog to view tip one: The Writer's ABC Checklist Lorraine Mace - author of Vlad the Inhaler

  • Business Women in Action - 3 November 2014

    Posted June 22, 2014 by Jackie Groundsell

    I know, I know - 3 November 2014 does seem a long way off, but you know how it works, pretty soon it will be with us, and I just wanted to share my excitement with you. So what's so important about 3 November? Well it's the day that Ali Meehan will be joining us at the Business Women in Action Lon...

  • On meditation

    Posted June 21, 2014 by Izabela L-Sletner

    If you think about breakfast while showering; if you think about your children while visiting your parents and about you parents while you are with your children; if you think about your holiday while at work and about your work while you are on holiday, the truth is that you are not where your body...

  • Why Hire a Virtual Administrative Assistant?

    Posted June 21, 2014 by Christine Berryman

    Trying to find ways to improve your business is challenging, thought provoking, and time consuming. Taking the appropriate steps to do this is difficult, not knowing where to start and while you are writing a checklist to guide you, you are not doing what you should be like ‘Running your businesses!...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 19 June 2014

    Posted June 19, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    If you order online and have to return items, if you’ve paid by Paypal then you’ll get your shipping charges returned on up to 4 online purchases before 30 Sep. Valid for orders to any country, max. amount returned 30€ per order. Ikea has end-of-range items discounted by up to 50% plus an extra 10...

  • The Psychology of Pain and Pleasure

    Posted June 19, 2014 by Hollie (Bealey) Rolla

    One approach to evaluating the relationship between pain and pleasure is to consider these two systems as a reward-punishment based system. When pleasure is perceived, one associates it with reward. When pain is perceived, one associates with punishment. Evolutionarily, this makes sense, because oft...

  • Jogging Partner

    Posted June 13, 2014 by Leila Makke

    Hello women, As I'm willing to create for myself a healthy lifestyle, jogging daily or three times per week is in my To Do List. However, I'm one of those who need company to put on those tennis shoes.   If anyone is also looking for a jogging partner please do let me know.   Cheers, Leila

  • The Power of the Subconscious mind: the map is NOT the territory.

    Posted June 13, 2014 by Hollie (Bealey) Rolla

    Our subconscious mind is an intricate, yet wonderful thing. It can be our own worst enemy, or our greatest Ally. Like everything, the trick is to make our subconscious work for us, rather than remain enslaved to it´s wiley ways. Our subconscious mind is a giant memory bank. It stores every event tha...

  • IPTV

    Posted June 12, 2014 by Monica Udras

    Security Service Company Mapit Solutions using its servers now to provide reliable home entertainment services. Monthly fee of 44 Euros brings you the following channels (catch-up, recording and downloading) BBC One London, One Scotland, Two London, Three, Four IPTV 1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel 4 &...

  • What defines YOU????

    Posted June 11, 2014 by Ali Rodriguez

    What Defines You? It was one of the hottest days, or so it seemed, and it was only February, as I strolled down Ipanema and Copa Cabana Beach to witness for the first time one of the world’s most attended events:  Carnival in Rio de Janeiro or as they call it:  “Carnavau.” The air was misty, h...

  • Listen to Spectrum FM online :)

    Posted June 6, 2014 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    Listen to Spectrum FM online via the link below, or download our FREE App on Android & IOS. If you are thinking of Promoting your business to over 50k listeners per day, Contact Cristina on 615 029 195, or email cristina@spectrumfm.net http://www.spectrumfm.net/player.html

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 5 June 2014

    Posted June 5, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Exclusive offer: Get 5€ free credit for international calls from mobile phones in Spain. Get discounts on personalised cards for Father’s Day (16 Jun in UK). Currency Transfers: We’ve compared 3 different solutions, choose which is best for you. NH Hotels offers for July & August in cities in ...

  • SUMMER SCHOOL CLUBS

    Posted June 5, 2014 by karen southall

    It's that time of year again where parents start to twitch at the thought of 12 long weeks of kids at home under our feet. Whether you are a working parent who needs to send their kids away for a few hours every day or parents who just need to keep their children entertained there are heaps of activ...

  • DESIGN • ARTWORK • PRINT

    Posted June 3, 2014 by Lisa Smith

  • 60% off at Totem Ceramics - Estepona/Marbella area

    Posted May 31, 2014 by Louise Gale

    Hi everyone, I just had my second pottery lesson at Totem Ceramics and had a lot of fun creating this bowl from scratch, just building up the clay, then smoothing, cutting and drawing patterns on to it! (picture below!) Going to glaze it next week. They have a special offer on at the moment for 60 %...

  • Looking for a low cost accommodation for weekend 27 - 30 June in Los Boliches Fuengirola

    Posted May 30, 2014 by Christine Heckel

    Hello ladies, I am looking for accommodation in a hotel or B&B in Los Boliches, Fuengirola, for one of my course participants from Friday 27th June to Monday 30th June. Low cost please :-) If you know or have a place to rent out, please let me know. Thank you, Christine

  • Money Saver Spain Offers For Costa Women 29 May 2014

    Posted May 29, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Top Offers This Week 1.  The e-Day returns, online only, on Mon 2 Jun. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a one-day discount extravaganza from major brands all found in one place. Brands and offers include: 15% discount HP Pavilion laptops 12€ discount Royal Canin pet food & free gift (orders ...

  • THIS SATURDAY FOR ONE DAY ONLY! PSYCHIC LEE PETULENGRO WILL BE OFFERING INDIVIDUAL READINGS!!

    Posted May 28, 2014 by Marian O Dwyer

    Popular and well known Psychic Lee Petulengro will be back in Spain to give individual readings. This will be held in Riviera. The cost for a card reading will be 40 euros. He is also offering Crystal Ball readings for 60 euros or a combination of both for 60 euros. If you are interested in a bookin...

  • SUP Pilates session starting this Sunday 1st June in Sotogrande.

    Posted May 28, 2014 by Sophie Hoffmann

    Try a fun & challenging pilates workout on a Stand Up Paddle board!Throughout June we are offering taster sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings for just 15€ for a one hour workout on the water - this includes your paddle board hire (normally 15€).places are limited and sessions are w...

  • WHAT IS CELEBRATED TODAY?

    Posted May 28, 2014 by Maria Diaz

    What is celebrated today? How? Would not you know that today is celebrated the International Day of nutrition?We will help you become aware of the importance of this day, we will explain briefly how it can affect your family poor nutrition.   Nutrition at home!     WHAT IS CELEBRATED TODAY? Today m...

  • TOMATO AND EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, DOUBLE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!

    Posted May 26, 2014 by Maria Diaz

    TOMATO AND EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, DOUBLE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH! The TOMATO  is one of the most consumed vegetables all around the world for its taste, its health benefits, and for all the various ways you can cook with it.   Oil&Life is the best Evoo from Spain,for your health! - It can preven...

  • Hi to one and all.

    Posted May 23, 2014 by Susana Harrison

    To whom it may concern,i have two daughters,29,18,speaking english,español,y portuguase,any jobs going out there please, have been in spain over twenty years now,we live in los Bolishes fuengriola .Regards Susana.

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 22 May for Costa Women

    Posted May 22, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    1  Free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the University of Salamanca to improve your basic Spanish “Miriada X Español Salamanca A2”. Get your name down before 1 June (3000 people have already joined), course lasts 6 weeks. (Note: Participation certificate is free, but pass certificate costs 4...

  • New boutique and online business on the Costa del Sol

    Posted May 22, 2014 by Simone Rosato

    ROSATO COLLECTIONS a new boutique and online business arriving to Sotogrande. 40/41 Galerias Paniagua (Next to the dentist).We are selling the following designer brands of Beach Wear, Yoga and Gym wear - Melissa Odabash, Heidi Klein, Pilyq, Elizabeth Hurley, Caffe Swimwear, Michelle Jonas, Carioca C...

  • FIVE SECRETS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.

    Posted May 21, 2014 by Maria Diaz

    FIVE SECRETS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. We are going to answer clearly and pricesly some important questions about Extra Virgin Olive Oil and how it is vital in your families diet. Our aim is to share all that we know about Oil&Life to be able to benefit our families, friends...

  • Televised book awards - please help

    Posted May 21, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    My novel, Bad Moon Rising, has reached the final of the People's Book Prize and I will be going to the black tie dinner in London next week when the results will be announced. This is an award for novels voted for entirely by the public. Living here in Spain, it is almost impossible to carry out th...

  • ASPARAGUS WITH PEELED PRAWNS AND SCRAMBLED EGGS

    Posted May 20, 2014 by ANDREA ROMERO NAVAS

      Did you know that the asparagus is considered an aphrodisiac, has anti-aging functions, can protect against cancer, reduces inflammation….???   Asparagus health benefits If you want to know how good he can be the asparagus for your health, today is the day, because I will talk about this spring ...

  • Surprise your family with a spanish omelette with extra virgin olive oil!!!

    Posted May 19, 2014 by ANDREA ROMERO NAVAS

    How to make an potato omelette with extra virgin olive oil from Oil & Life? Today in our recipe page I would like to show you how I make a spanish omelette. The famous potato omelette with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Cold Press from Oil&Life. It is my mothers recipe, she showed me how to ...

  • Mijas Television Interview

    Posted May 18, 2014 by Sue Cross

    Well, I was feeling terrified as I prepared for my first TV interview in Spain. The worst part was waiting in reception for what seemed an eternity before we went on air. My tummy was turning somersaults, but I need not have worried. The interviewer was great and made me feel at ease, so that I forg...

  • Unique Ways to Humanistic Magic!

    Posted May 16, 2014 by Ali Rodriguez

    "Humanity is my Family and the world.....my playground!" As a little girl, growing up in Havana, Cuba, there was always a lot of laughter in my house. Neighbors will come to share with all of us, their freshly brewed "Buchito de Café". Perfect strangers will show-up with their guitars, claves, an...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 15 May for Costa Women

    Posted May 15, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Nubeox are offering their online movie and series streaming service in Spain for only 5€ for the first 3 months (not 5€ per month, just 5€ for 90 days). Most films are available in English (see our article). When you sign up you just have to carry out a 1€ transaction which is immediately returned...

  • Record-breaking visitors to Málaga, London, Amsterdam

    Posted May 12, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Representing a year-on-year increase of 1.2% for the first quarter 2014, Andalucía's Institute of Statistics & Cartography recorded 3,874,628 tourists to the region, with this summer expected to continue the upward trajectory set by the third quarter 2013 peak of 8,415,000 visitors, up 5.3% on t...

  • Fashion show at LIMONAR, Malaga

    Posted May 12, 2014 by Emma de Acedo

    Let you know there is a fashion show at LIMONAR 40 DAY 16 OF MAY TO GET FUND FOR ...with the best Modisto de Malaga and Jewels and we are in Larios Fashion pasarela Hi just check my blog for many different information of Moda Food Gourmet activity in Malaga and mor http://cocinacomeycalla.blogspot....

  • New Spanish Traffic Laws Come in to Effect on 9 May 2014

    Posted May 10, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    On the grounds that ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, all drivers in Spain are advised immediately to familiarise themselves with the detail of the new traffic laws which are coming into effect on 9 May 2014 (Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Segurida...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women 8 May 2014

    Posted May 8, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Find out how to get a non-means tested grant for air con if you live in Andalucia. Druni perfume stores promos: Buy 2 deodorants get 50% off one, 3x2 Astor products, 25% discount when you buy 2 L’Oreal products. 20€ voucher to use at Dockers store or at El Corte Ingles. Kiko Cosmetics: online only ...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 1 May 2014

    Posted May 2, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Extract from the Money Saver Spain Newsletter The British Pathe Film Archive is now available on YouTube, with over 85,000 films. New meal deals & restaurant promos info. Casa Shops promo: spend 50€ on outdoor furniture and furnishings and get a 5€ voucher. Buy a Bosch Relaxx ProSilence 66 dB v...

  • Meet the latest star of television!

    Posted May 2, 2014 by Sandra Piddock

    Hello, Costa Women. I have some very exciting news - I'm going to be on 'The One Show' on Monday 5 May, 8.00pm Spanish time. It's all because of this blog post:http://j.mp/SguTB9It was picked up by a BBC researcher who was bringing a camera crew to Spain, and I was asked to appear on the programme. ...

  • Giveaway - Charming Small Hotels Spain - Travel guidebook

    Posted May 1, 2014 by Molly

    If you enjoy travelling around Spain as much as I do you may be interested in this giveaway. On my Piccavey.com blog this week I have a competition to win a Charming Small Hotel Guides: Spain The paperback glossy book will be posted to the lucky winner on 19th May. The guide includes charming small...

  • Pet Protection For your Furry Friends

    Posted May 1, 2014 by Sue Benson

    Hi,  I would like to introduce you ta a great product - I have been using is on my dog Fenda and have noticed a difference between my two dogs. Pet Protector really does work as it prevents the nasty little beasties from attaching themselves to our pets when they are out and about.  There is a s...

  • Transporting and Moving

    Posted May 1, 2014 by Sue Benson

    way2gohire.comYOUR ONE STOP TRANSPORT SHOPUK: 0208 090 4292SPAIN: 965 79 46 82 Hi, I would love to share this company with everyone.  I am in the process of bringing my daughter and her two dogs down from the UK. I found this company on the Internet and I have found them really helpful. They had t...

  • What Spain owes to the Moors

    Posted April 27, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    One of the advantages of writing books about Spain is that you have a great excuse to trot about the countryside investigating things.  During the research for my novel THE SHINING CITY we visited Córdoba numerous times - not an arduous task and only two hours drive from Málaga.  We made three trip...

  • Live in care training/assessment course in Spain

    Posted April 26, 2014 by Susan Edwards

    Helping Hands has been supporting people with award winning care in the UK since 1989 enabling customers to remain in the familiarity of their own homes, surrounded by things that they love. As a leading provider of care in the UK, we have a network of regional offices , managers and trainers to sup...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 24 April 2014

    Posted April 24, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    Sat 26 Apr, 20% off at Zara Home stores (or online with free delivery). 24 & 25 Apr only: 20% off all clothing & accessories at Marks and Spencer EU. Remember newbies get a 5€ discount voucher when they register. Get a discount voucher at Calzedonia when you take along your old swimwear: 5...

  • European Green Party: “Citizens, your time is now!”

    Posted April 24, 2014 by Chris Dove

    European%20Green%20Party%20in%20Fuengirola%2C%2024Apr2014.JPG Invited by Costa Press Club member Pia Bruun to discuss 'What is the Green vision for the future of Europe?' in Fuengirola's Tetería La Rosa de los Vientos, former Irish Minister for Environment John Gormley and Fuengirola Green Party mem...

  • New Yarns for Costa Del Sol

    Posted April 22, 2014 by Sue Benson

    I have been making samples of the new yarns which I have recently received from the Uk and am really excited at how they are knitting up. Some are really like dolly mixtures with loads of different colours of varying shades which are really super to knit.  I have DK and 4ply which I have been worki...

  • Photos from the Manilva Art and Craft Fair

    Posted April 20, 2014 by Louise Gale

    Hi everyone, I just posted a little excerpt from the Manilva Art and Craft fair. Some lovely stalls at the fair. A fun afternoon at the Manilva Art and Craft fair that took place on Saturday April 19th over Easter weekend. Here are a few images from the day. Thanks to Gary from The Resident.Spain ...

  • European tourism quality strengthens consumer confidence

    Posted April 14, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Ask a random group of people how they'd each spend a €1,000 windfall and nine out of ten will reply, “On a holiday!” With record hordes of happy holidaymakers hotfooting to the Costa del Sol, the European Commission's new European Tourism Quality Principles aim to ensure value for money for visitors...

  • Photos from our visit to Mettes Glass Studio

    Posted April 13, 2014 by Louise Gale

    Hi everyone, a group of us went up to visit Mette's glass studio yesterday and I wanted to show you some images and blog post I have published on Creative Costa from the afternoon. Mette was so inviting as she showed us around her lovely studio full of glass samples and projects. Here are just a fe...

  • Samples for Knitters and Crafters

    Posted April 10, 2014 by Sue Benson

          As a keen knitter and being on the larger side it is with great pleasure to have found such a lovely pattern for me to wear especially during the cold winter days here is Spain - (not that they are really cold) however we do feel it after out summers here. I am in the process of receiving som...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 10 April 2014

    Posted April 10, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    For the holidays: Exclusive discount for theme park tickets at Tixalia, and if you need to change dates you can change tickets free of charge. Ikea promos for Family Card holders (it’s free – see how to get one): 10% off garden furniture from 11 Apr – 8 May. Discount given as gift voucher to use by...

  • My latest novel is set in 10th century Spain

    Posted April 6, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    Just published THE SHINING CITY on kindle This is the story of a city, a city that is now in ruins: Madinat al Zahra.  The year is 947 AD, a time when southern Spain is under the rule of the Moors.  The ruler, Caliph al Rahman III is rich, powerful and cultured.  His lands are, at long last, at peac...

  • Liberation from hibernation!

    Posted April 5, 2014 by Ali Rodriguez

    It happens to all of us. We have been hibernating during the Winter, and all of the sudden Spring is upon us, at which point we find out, we are simply “out of shape” not to mention hungry, thirsty and in need of much-wanted nourishment. And it is not just about the body, but the mind and emotions t...

  • Update on Marbella Azul

    Posted April 4, 2014 by Roz James

    As you know we launched our new website Marbellaazul.com on 31st of January.  It has been very well received by everyone.  We are now available in Spanish and more languages will follow.  Our events page is filling up fast and we are receiving information on whats going on in Marbella all the time. ...

  • Facebook Spring Clean

    Posted April 4, 2014 by Fiona Catchpowle

    This week I started the 5x50.org challenge and my bum  hurts!  Are you allowed to say bum here? The reason why ... sciatica! Can't seem to shake it, so probably heading off to the chiropractor this week. Anyway, enough of my moans and groans  I also completed another  Handbag and Shoes video (Hango...

  • Flamenco in Granada Spain - My Review

    Posted April 4, 2014 by Molly

    On 13th March 2014 I went out with a group in Granada to the Templo del Flamenco in the lower Albaicín This week I have written a detailed review of my experience their.   Here´s the link http://www.piccavey.com/templo-del-flamenco-granada/ If any Costa Women visit Granada, live in Granada or love...

  • Top Offers in Spain This Week

    Posted April 3, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    A selection of offers from Money Saver Spain - 3 April 2014  Amazon ES: Up to 40% off books in English & get free delivery with a minimum 19€ spend on books. Diary date: Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone day 8 Apr. Check locations. Marks and Spencer EU mid-season sales discount increased to...

  • New children's novel launched today

    Posted April 2, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    Vlad the Inhaler, a novel for children aged 8-12 and adults up to 100, is launched today. VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, AND PEACHES, OH MY! Vampires suck... But Vlad is half-human - and a vegetarian! Vlad's parents have disappeared, and his evil relatives will stop at nothing to steal his inheritance and...

  • Healthcare for Brits Living in Spain

    Posted March 29, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    Brits Living in Spain (an initiative by the British Consulate) have shared the dedicated website for Healthcare for British Nationals in Spain.   Click here to find out how you are entitled to healthcare in Spain Visit Healthcare in Spain for more information

  • What is a Google+ Hangout On Air?

    Posted March 28, 2014 by Fiona Catchpowle

    You may have heard talk recently of a new "video interview" trend, we are calling Handbags and Shoes. (it's a long story how we got that title so you will just have to watch all the videos from the beginning!) The technology to create these live, recordable, video chats was launched by the teams at...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers for Costa Women

    Posted March 27, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers Nescafe are offering 50€ off a Dolce Gusto coffee machine in stores and online, and free capsules too. Free standard delivery on all orders from Marks and Spencer EU ends this weekend and mid-season sale continues. 15% discount at Aki DIY stores on Saturday (store card holde...

  • Why Did The Cancer Disappear?

    Posted March 27, 2014 by Marion Dias

    How can a cancer that was spreading and needed urgent surgery simply disappear within four weeks without ANY conventional treatment? In early 2006 I was diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium (womb). It was a like a bolt out of the blue. The doctors scheduled me for surgery at the end of the mon...

  • What is the 5 x 50 Challenge and how can you get involved?

    Posted March 26, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    What is the 5x50 challenge?   Meet Françoise Sandrine Rajewski who talks to Fiona about 5x50 and living in Spain - watch here   If your internet speed is slow, have a read of some of Frans story too here   What is the 5x50 challenge? Meet Fran who talks to Fiona about 5x50 and living in Spain - ...

  • This week Authors' Corner chats to the crime writer Paul Anthony

    Posted March 25, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    Good morning Paul, welcome to Authors’ Corner.Thank you for the invitation, Joan.You have a lot of successful novels, a collection of poetry, screen plays and film scripts to your credit.  Why and when did you decide to become a writer?I believe many of us are shaped as writers as we grow up. Work, ...

  • Have fun raising Money for Positively Pink & Positively Blue Charities!

    Posted March 24, 2014 by Pat Jay

    OK EVERYONE..... this is something that everyone can join in and have some fun raising money for Positively Pink and Positively Blue  Please share this poster as much as you can.....  There are rules to adhere to but they are fun................. 1. FIVE EUROS per person walking payable at registr...

  • QUAD BIKING TOURS IN SPAIN, HORSE RIDING IN SPAIN, ACTIVITIES AND THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN

    Posted March 24, 2014 by Jenni Ray

    When we first came to live in Spain, in our area of the Costa Blanca,  there was the beach to visit and apart from the Big water parks, that was about it!    With children of our own, we realised that there was a demand for family entertainment and activities,  so went about creating  our own little...

  • AUTHORS’ CORNER talks to best selling historical novelist Ann Victoria Roberts

    Posted March 21, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    AUTHORS’ CORNER talks to best selling historical novelist Ann Victoria RobertsGood morning Ann.  Welcome to Authors’ Corner.  You’ve been a successful novelist for many years now, tell us how you came to become a writer.At the moment I’m completing a memoir, Life & Luck, which answers this ques...

  • New Free Antigym® Session in Marbella

    Posted March 21, 2014 by Paloma R.Hergueta

    Hello, This week there have been some free Antigym® sessions in Marbella. Thank you to all the people who came, it was very grateful to see how you were touched by the body work. I know that some people tried to come to the studio and coudn’t find me.  I apologize for it. So, I'm offer...

  • Stay Safe when visiting the Alhambra or Granada

    Posted March 21, 2014 by Molly

      Hi If you are travelling to Granada or visiting the Alhambra palace this article maybe of use to avoid petty thefts and minor incidents.   http://www.piccavey.com/emergency-granada-spain/   Enjoy the weekend Molly

  • Let's talk about Manifesting!

    Posted March 20, 2014 by Joy Fahey

    Let's Talk About Manifesting! What's it All About?  Every intention sets energy into motion. Whether you are conscious of it or not.” ~ Gary Zukav Have you ever wondered why some people just thrive in life, and everything they touch turns to success while others are always just getting by?  No matte...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 20 March 2014

    Posted March 20, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s New Money Saver Spain Articles Did you know you can design your own postage stamps? Find out more about this and other useful services from your local Spanish Post Office. How to use Amazon Spain and save money. Dates for this spring’s Cinema Festival – tickets for only 2.90€. Updated c...

  • English speaking accountant

    Posted March 17, 2014 by karen lucinda banham

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced english speaking accountant

  • Gourmet, video interviews and information about things to do in Andalucia

    Posted March 16, 2014 by Emma de Acedo

    Hi I have my love and enjoyment is mostly creating and  giving the best with a group of Protcolo and Events that im so glad to build it in 15 years of hard work . If anyone needs help to find or creat youre dreams partys in any ocasion , just let me know. Whe give classes to creat your gift and more...

  • Money Saver Spain Top Offers 13 March 2014

    Posted March 13, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top 10 Offers & New Articles   1. Buy from a selection of home appliances and electronics at Carrefour stores and get another item for only 1€, eg Samsung Blu-ray player for 1€ with Samsung TV. See all offers in their promo leaflet, ends 19 Mar. 2. Get a free experience pack when you...

  • Self Confidence

    Posted March 13, 2014 by Joy Fahey

    Why do so many people suffer from the lack of self confidence? The truth is every one of us knows fear, insecurity and feelings of being small and inhibited intimately. It’s not just you who feels this, everyone feels this sometimes. We all know that everyone is totally naked underneath their cloth...

  • Looking for a publisher

    Posted March 13, 2014 by Sue Benson

    http://www.publishyourbook.eu   Andrew helps people prepare their books to be published on the internet and hard copy as well.  So if you know any budding writers perhaps you would be good enough to let them have this link.  

  • Women in the driving seat

    Posted March 9, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Thanks to Ali for organising Saturday’s enjoyable, packed International Women’s Day Fayre at Hotel Tamisa Golf in Mijas – good to see new and familiar faces. Thanks also to a lady named Angela from Ibex Insurance who, though we didn’t know her, kindly let me and my friend hijack a lift home then ref...

  • Money Saver Spain Latest Offers & News 6 March 2014

    Posted March 7, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers & Freebies   1. In stores and online Saturday 9 Mar: 20% off at Oysho. 2. Starts Friday: Marks and Spencer EU, 20% off everything online (except Best of British) valid all weekend. 3. Swarovski online outlet – up to 50% off until 10 Mar. 4. Clarks EU site: 20% off new coll...

  • So How Does www.Cooldeals.es Work For You?

    Posted March 3, 2014 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    How it Works: 1. We visit you and decide on the offer that suits you and is attractive to our Cooldeals members. 2. We prepare the artwork and write the copy for the email and agree how many offers you want to sell. 3. We send your offer to the 1,000’s of Cooldeals members. 4. We promote the offe...

  • Shoes and Handbags go Live!

    Posted March 2, 2014 by Fiona Catchpowle

    Well we finally made it happen ... the first official Costa Women Handbag is live on YouTube http://j.mp/OPzOqW Big thanks to Maya Middlemiss for taking partThe sound quality needs a little work, but I did forget to mention that the guest must use headphones for best results to isolate the speaker f...

  • Pelvic Floor training at home with new iPhone app

    Posted February 28, 2014 by Molly

    Hi, A friend of mine has developed a new device with an App for iPhone & android for Pelvic Floor training. This month they are running a competition on their Facebook page and you can win a kit This system is called Birdi Pelvic Floor trainer. Find out more about this new product on their Eng...

  • Top Offers and News from Money Saver Spain 27 February 2014

    Posted February 27, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers 20% off footwear and dresses at Marks and Spencer EU, ends 3 Mar. More discounts on their offers page. 20% off an item of your choice at H&M stores in Spain until 2 Mar. Download or print coupon, excludes special collection articles. Promo to celebrate the launch of Amaz...

  • The importance of loving YOU!

    Posted February 25, 2014 by Ali Rodriguez

    Selfish or Self-less? My friend Sammie had just phoned in tears because of a deep rejection by her boyfriend, Michael.  She could not understand that after 3 years of dating the man of her dreams, he told her face-to-face that he wants to call it quits! She was too upset to coherently verbalize ...

  • Choosing the right educational pathway

    Posted February 25, 2014 by Georgina Shaw

    If you, like me, have a young child, this is the time of year to think about the best options for primary schooling and looking for information on where to go and what to do. With the deadline approaching for entering your child into the state system, or deciding to go private it can be a nerve-wrac...

  • Hangbags and Shoes

    Posted February 23, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    Yes, you did read that right! Costa Women are launching into the world of Google Hangouts and just for fun, we have nicknamed them Hangbags (rather than Hangouts) and Shoes (Scheduling Hangouts on Air Events ;) To find out more, watch my chat with Fiona Catchpowle, who is our Chief Hangbag host! Ho...

  • Top 10 Offers from Money Saver Spain Newsletter 20 Feb 2014

    Posted February 22, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top 10 Offers   1.  Promos still on at Marks and Spencer EU: 20% off kidswear, 20% off selected homeware, 20% off women’s and men’s jumpers & cardigans. All end 25 Feb.   2.  Lots of fragrance box sets on offer in stores at the moment (ex-Valentine’s Day stock) and remember that the ...

  • Rescuing Animals

    Posted February 19, 2014 by Michelle Johnstone

    Helping to save defenceless little lives Just recently i have become a Volunteer for the most fantastic group called Last Chance Animal Rescue. The admin of this group take no money and devote all their time to saving and rescuing Dogs from the cruel pounds in Malaga to abandoned dogs. I am proud...

  • Introducing myself

    Posted February 18, 2014 by Roz James

    Hi Costa Women I fell in love with Marbella 35 years ago and continued to come twice a year.  My husband and I finally made the move to retire here in 2003.  We love living in the centre and so close to the beach.  We love movies, eating out, Spanish way of life, reading and animals. Last year we de...

  • The Question That Will Turn Your Life Around!

    Posted February 17, 2014 by Joy Fahey

    The Question That Will Turn Your Life Around! There is one question that will immediately make a difference to how you feel and think in order to receive the outcome you desire. But first, if you are faced with a difficult situation, what questions are you asking yourself as how you intend to deal...

  • Commercial Sales Agent wanted!

    Posted February 17, 2014 by Natasha Wegloop

    Commercial Sales Agent wanted Bengalas.es is a new and innovative fashion-accessories label in Spain. Bengalas are about personalizing a women’s outfit and making it meaningful to her. It is a unique concept of replaceable handmade clicks and ornaments that complement bracelets and belts. Minimum ...

  • Looking for Photography classes in Marbella - Estepona area

    Posted February 14, 2014 by Nicole King

    Hello, does anyone know of or offer photographic classes in the Marbella to Estepona area? Thanks for your help and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 

  • Masseur Wanted

    Posted February 14, 2014 by steffi goddard

    Here at Cortijo Las Salinas we have a treatment room for hire, suitable for all massage treatments, beauty therapies, reiki healing sessions, acupuncture etc. We are also looking for a masseur/beauty therapist for the Summer season - May until October for our regular clients who attend our yoga retr...

  • VISION BOARD - Presentation at the Costa Women event in Fuengirola

    Posted February 13, 2014 by Lea Frueh

    It was nice to watch yesterday, how many women took the first step in a new field of finding out all about Vision Boards. Almost 80 % haven't heard or done Vision Boards before which made it even more exciting. I received lots of feedback of aha moments, ideas, hints and excitement to get started at...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 13 February 2014

    Posted February 13, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    As the newsletter is getting a bit big to upload here every week, here's an extract tailored for Costa Women. You can read the full newsletter, including all the consumer news, at this link.   -  Forgotten it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow? Ignore the hype at stores and download & fill in cheques fo...

  • Do you sometimes feel stressed? Out of balance? Do you sometimes suffer pains ? Do you find it difficult to relax?

    Posted February 12, 2014 by Christine Heckel

    Then this course is definitely for you! Sound Massage is a fantastic method to prevent and manage stress, which is manifesting in our bodies, on the physical, emotional or mental level. Sound Massage is a holistic method addressing body, mind and spirit and may be the perfect solution for you! And...

  • New partner wanted for our wedding and events company

    Posted February 12, 2014 by karen lucinda banham

    Ladies , My business partner and I are looking for a 3rd business partner to help is expand our wedding and events company based in Marbella.  We are looking for someone with event management experience, good computer skills and loads of enthusiasm - a little Spanish would be helpful but not essenti...

  • EU launches digital business, social grant programmes

    Posted February 9, 2014 by Chris Dove

    Huge new pots of public funds are available for Costa companies and communities to dip into – legally – so now’s the time to start thinking of collaborative projects or innovative ways of developing existing ones. Under its Europe 2020 strategic priorities, the European Commission’s 2014-2020 Work P...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 6 February 2014

    Posted February 6, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Buy a 500 ml or 1 litre bottle of Listerine and get 30€ cashback after your next dental check-up or treatment. Ends 30 Apr.   Saturday 8 Feb 20% off at Zara Home stores (also online with free delivery), excludes items already reduced.   More offers after the news…   Consumer...

  • The art of healing.

    Posted February 1, 2014 by Kati van der Hoeven

    Often people refer to me as I am sick (Henning hates this) but I am not sick. I don`t take any kind of medications or whatever. What I have is a condition. Just like my brain, my muscles also work and they need weekly therapies to keep them fit. I go to pool therapy twice a week and I have physioth...

  • Are you a member of a book club?

    Posted February 1, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    I'd like to get in touch with book clubs between Fuengirola and Gibraltar. If one of my crime novels is used as a group read, I would be delighted to visit the club afterwards to discuss the novel and answer any questions members might have - whether on the novel itself, the series as a whole, or an...

  • Enjoy Marbella Andalucia Visits Calendar

    Posted January 31, 2014 by Andrea Medina

    Hello Gourmet Baskets perfect welcome gifts company now arrange small vsits and outings for product promotions: Sharing the possible events we have collected to all Costa Women for interest in being involved, attending or joining in the plan! We are formulating a series of events that anyone can joi...

  • Sotovital health and beauty center Sotogrande

    Posted January 31, 2014 by Christine Sotovital

    February Shellac Nail colour delight !! Rich exuberant colours or soft romantic shades to suit your style.   Now last up to 3 weeks Renewed fantastic product for longer stronger and better results to maintain your feminine aura.     This month's special offer: Shellac colour  polish on hands  was 2...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 30 January 2014

    Posted January 30, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Free activity for kids from Kinder chocolate – choose from music, art, sports or languages. Either send details by post or register online, input the barcode, scan and upload the receipt and 21 days later you’ll get a code to use for the chosen activity.   Blanco 30% additio...

  • Another Extended Visit to Andalucia and Nerja - and Other Things!.

    Posted January 28, 2014 by Rosalie Marsh

    Good Morning to all of you in the sunshine land of Andalucia. We had another lovely time last November and December but unfortunately we were not able to connect with anyone, especially you Louisa. perhaps next time? We were lucky enough to be able to re-visit Ronda and the wonderful area around the...

  • Enjoy Marbella - Tastings in Marbella Old Town

    Posted January 27, 2014 by Andrea Medina

    Wednesday 29, Tea tasting,"Petals and Perfume" with Soraya 1130am meeting. RSVP whatsapp 654630870 Andrea, as places limited. Calendar of Delectations in preparation and upload for free tastings, and different options for day and overnight adventures in gastronomy. Email or contact me (Andrea) for g...

  • 7.044.00 euros NEW YEARS DAY SPONSORED SWIM

    Posted January 27, 2014 by stacey lloyd

    2014%20SWIMMERS%20GOING%20IN.jpgpaw%20logo.jpg WELL WHAT A FANTASTIC AFTERNOON EVERYONE HAD ON NEW YEARS DAY, YEAR 8 FOR MY SPONSORED NEW YEARS DAY SWIM, TURNED OUT TO BE ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE. OVER 320 PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO ATTEND THIS EVENT TO WHICH MY HEART FELT THANKS GOES OUT TO EACJ AND EVER...

  • Enjoy the Costa Del Sol for up to 70% less!

    Posted January 27, 2014 by Cristina Axford Moyle

     How Does It Work?  www.cooldeals.es  Enjoy the Costa Del Sol for up to 70% less by snapping up the best discount offers in Spain ranging from dining out to health and beauty or leisure ideas. All at a fraction of the normal cost. How do we achieve these fantastic discounts – well this is easy. B...

  • 7 Steps to Creating Happiness

    Posted January 26, 2014 by Ali Rodriguez

    Was “happiness” a word you got used to hearing since you were a child? Of all the people around you, do you remember who said it most? Many years have passed and you are no longer that seven year old child. As a grown-up, what does “happiness” mean to you? What do others tell you happiness is? Mor...

  • Carpe Diem-Seize the Day

    Posted January 26, 2014 by Trisha Proud

    http://www.trishaproud.com Today will be your yesterday tomorrow… Many of us will have heard of the expression “tomorrow never comes” and that is because today literally does become your yesterday when tomorrow eventually arrives. There are other ‘time’ related expressions whose message is telling ...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 23 January 2014

    Posted January 23, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   20% off coats, cardigans and jumpers (ends Sunday) or 10% off at Marks and Spencer EU when you spend 75€, excludes homeware.   Free DVDs with El Mundo newspaper this weekend: Wall Street (Sat 25) and Wall Street Money Never Sleeps (Sun 26). Good idea to reserve (stocks limit...

  • Only a few places left on creative writing course

    Posted January 22, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    There are only four places left on the creative writing course starting the last Monday in February. More details can be found on my previous post: http://costawomen.ning.com/profiles/blogs/creative-writing-course-elements-of-fiction If you'd like to attend, drop me a line and I'll reserve a place ...

  • Why Watching TV to Become Fluent in a Language works!

    Posted January 17, 2014 by Zara Chiron

    Most of the human population with the privilege to have access to a television or internet connection, consume hours of entertainment viewing a day. Don't get all self-cautious, if you don't do this then you are in the minority. I already went into how one can couch potato their way to language flu...

  • Why I Chose Latin American Spanish over Spanish from Spain

    Posted January 17, 2014 by Zara Chiron

    For learners of Spanish (castellano), this is often a question that arises. And a just one at that. When I learned French, I chose to learn it from France. Even though French is spoken in certain places all over the globe as an official language, I told myself that France is the birthplace of the l...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 16 January 2014

    Posted January 16, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Last week to get a free lunch at Ikea, see details in our updated info on meal deals and restaurant promos in Spain.   3 days of fashion at El Corte Inglés, extra reductions start today in store and online.   Seen on Oportunidades Dia: Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue 125 ml for o...

  • 30 DAYS focus to find your dreams and achieve 2014 goals

    Posted January 13, 2014 by Lea Frueh

    30 DAYS focus to find your dreams and achieve 2014 goals   I am offering a 30 day coaching program for all who are interested to get help and support finding your Dreams and setting 2014 achievable Goals.   The program will be via weekly group sessions of 6 over a 4 week time period for 60-90 minute...

  • What is KIVA?

    Posted January 12, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    One of the charities I personally support is KIVA - KIVA are a non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through the use of microloans; lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $...

  • Treat yourself and your loved one to a little pampering.

    Posted January 12, 2014 by Venerina Conti

    Happy New Year to you all! If you're looking to unwind, come and join us in the Gran Hotel Elba & Thalasso Spa in Estepona. Lunch or Dinner for 2 with Spa included and a 25 minute massage each. All for just 128€

  • 17. Wind beneath my wings

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Kati van der Hoeven

    My Dad and I are so much alike, we don’t give in. That’s why our arguments last so long. I have to raise my hat to Dad for he has stayed in the picture through this all. Not many men can handle this situation and it wasn’t easy for him. He is a strong person and says things the way he sees them, no ...

  • Creative Writing Course - Elements of Fiction

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Lorraine Mace

    I will be running a series of workshops during 2014, starting with Elements of Fiction, details of which are set out below. Each course will be limited to ten students to ensure writers receive the necessary level of attention. Click here to view my writing and tutoring credentials.   Dates — Februa...

  • Calling all Maths teachers! Check out Maths del Sol professional development conference 15–16/02 in Sotogrande

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Georgina Shaw

    The Maths del Sol professional development conference is taking place on 15th – 16th February at Sotogrande International School dedicated to fostering innovation in teaching and learning mathematics. In addition to a series of workshops, presentations on a variety of tools, concepts and strategies ...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 9 January 2014

    Posted January 9, 2014 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Sales are on all over Spain but watch out for the following tricks: The magic word “hasta” (up to) before the discount percentage. You can see in many stores discounts of up to (tiny print) 70% (huge print) – of course, this just means that only a handful of items will actu...

  • The Future's Female in Spain

    Posted January 7, 2014 by Ali Meehan

    Costa Women were featured this week by The Telegraph Expat in an article entitled "The Future's Female in Spain"  Below is the interview; I'd love to hear your feedback! Expat adventures: the future's female in Spain As the expat network Costa Women welcome their 2,500th member, we look at how Bri...

  • Madinat al-Zahra = a magnificent city now in ruins

    Posted January 6, 2014 by Joan Fallon

    When I first heard about the ruins of Madinat al-Zahra, I was intrigued by the idea that a palace-city of such magnificence should have lasted for such a short time.  Civilisations come and go, as any reader of history knows but for it to last no more than 75 years seemed a tragedy.  It was the summ...

  • 16. 2014, Be what YOU want to be.

    Posted January 3, 2014 by Kati van der Hoeven

    They say that a picture tells a thousand words. Well the thing is that those words can be just as deceiving as they can be the plain truth. The words that people get from the pictures are all based on their perspectives in which makes it that the same picture that can be seen as inspirational, or as...

  • New Year New Beginnings!

    Posted January 1, 2014 by Joy Fahey

          Welcome 2014 a New Year and New Beginnings! Don't you think there's something special about starting a New Year?  I think we all tend have new hope and excitement for the adventure that lies ahead of us. What would you like 2014 to be? Would you like to expand your horizons, feel fulfilled, h...

  • People power scraps skyscrapers…

    Posted December 31, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Coinciding with Marbella council’s U-turn on the skyscraper debate, weekly newspaper SUR in English published my ‘head for heights’ comment alongside articles highlighting the pulling power of skyscrapers in Singapore and Panama. Though Marbella’s missed this opportunity to stand tall, there’s hope...

  • Fear is Awesome!

    Posted December 30, 2013 by Yasmine Khater

    My heart stopped! I am afraid of heights, what was I doing on a small plane getting ready to jump 4000 ft from the ground. Did my heart really stop? Or was it beating so fast that it made me numb? You see, I am actually a coward of many things. Heights scare me, snakes scare me, speaking scares me, ...

  • 2013 was a year for Planting

    Posted December 29, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    In 2013 Costa Women grew as a patchwork of different nationalities, living in different regions of Spain, sharing different languages, exchanging ideas and stories of life in Spain.    Seeds were planted when 1,135 new members joined the Costa Women community during 2013 representing arrivals from 5...

  • Fantastic eBook About a Mans Struggle To Stay In Spain In The 90's

    Posted December 28, 2013 by Marie Susan

    Reach For The Sun By Mike Sealey This ebook is a must to read about how a man struggles to keep him and his family in Spain in the 90's, this is hilarious, sad, moving, very well written and a great read and for only £1.95 !!! Click on the following link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reach-Sun-Letters-...

  • Best wishes!!!

    Posted December 23, 2013 by Cecilia Abigail Lanci

  • Who's That In The Mirror?

    Posted December 20, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    On A Personal Note: Every year I choose a one-word, action theme to inspire me to manifest my personal and professional expectations.  In 2013 the word was COLLABORATION, and boy, I was amazed at the results I got.  I connected with people from faraway places and created joint ventures that were...

  • It's Great To Be A Costa Woman!!

    Posted December 17, 2013 by Joy Fahey

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM MARBELLA COSTA WOMEN BREAKFAST GROUP! What a great finish to the year at our Breakfast Meeting today!   We all shared our goals for next year with plenty of fun and laughter and support from everyone.This is what our meetings are all about and indeed what Costa Women is all abou...

  • The hip replacement that could be poisoning you!

    Posted December 16, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I am writing this post as an introduction to a VERY important matter a hip prosthesis the could be poisoning you, I know it’s a bit long, but bear with me for a little while What is a Hip  replacement?: this is a procedure that has as its objective the  replacement of  a malfunctioning joint, usuall...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 12 December 2013

    Posted December 12, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Today on Amazon Spain, Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee machine for only 40,61€ and 20€ back from Krups. Spotify is now free on mobiles, tablets and computers. Blanco stores promo: 30% off everything with minimum spend 30€, or 20% discount if you spend under 30€. Need to download coupon and print ...

  • Overweight? It really isn't your fault!

    Posted December 11, 2013 by Lucy Gabzdyl

    Have you ever stood gazing into the fridge, knowing you weren’t really hungry, but that something wasn’t quite right, you weren’t quite right? You didn’t really know what was wrong; you just had this uneasy feeling and food seemed like the best way to fix it.   But it doesn’t fix it for long! And be...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 5 December 2013

    Posted December 7, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Blanco promo in stores and online: 50% off second item. If buying online use code DEC13, ends 8 Dec. At Marks and Spencer EU from 6 to 9 Dec (10 am), 20% off sleepwear, hats, scarfs and gloves.More offers after the news… Consumer News Renfe has reduced prices for seats in first class by between 15-2...

  • A little pampering perhaps?

    Posted December 4, 2013 by Venerina Conti

    If you're looking for a little R&R pre and post Christmas, may I suggest the Thalasso Spa in the five star GRAN HOTEL ELBA ESTEPONA- LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS. Special prices available for Costa Women with your special Costa Women code. Also, buy 5 Thalasso entries and save BIG time. You can use the s...

  • Don't interrupt your miracle in progress! by Mastin from the dailylove.com

    Posted December 3, 2013 by Lea Frueh

    Dear All, it is heading in fast jumps to the end of the year and here I am even so it should be the part of the year with quiet time and reflection, Life confronts me with things I don’t really want to deal with right now. All new and old buttons are pressed with an opportunity which raised out of n...

  • Tourism with a feminine touch

    Posted December 1, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Elviria, Marbella – an oasis of flora and fauna   “A marvellous position on the Mediterranean, every building has unspoilt contact with the sea.” Jørn Utzon – Elviria architect, 1960   Poised at the foot of UNESCO’s protected Sierra de las Nieves mountain range, midway between Málaga and Puerto Banú...

  • Christmas Party

    Posted November 30, 2013 by Lea Frueh

    Thank you to ALI to a wonderful, joyous, fun, delicious, great, special, well thought of Christmas Party. You have put so much love, work, care, ideas in this evening. You had all night always an ear for anyone who needed you, even so you were most of the time so busy making sure that everything wo...

  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday Offers - Money Saver Spain Newsletter

    Posted November 28, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Offers   Lots of offers hadn’t been published before sending out this week's newsletter, so for the latest info check out the Facebook page of your favourite store in Spain.   Amazon Spain are already saying that their offers will start at 10 am and change every hour. P...

  • Promocion christmas !! Package Botox!!

    Posted November 26, 2013 by Jacqueline correa

    I have an amazing promotion for Christmas! Christmas package! Botox application plus two vezes skin cleaning 290 euros in medical clinic marbella!!! for more information contact 630505150

  • Teaching on The Costa Del Sol

    Posted November 26, 2013 by Eunice O'Rourke

    Hello everyone My niece - Laura Williams (she became a Costa Woman recently) is teaching in Vietnam at the moment and would like to come here to teach when her contract finishes . Laura would really appreciate any contact from teachers here who could help her with advice on where to start looking -...

  • E CIGS - Freedom for a cigarette without the guilt

    Posted November 25, 2013 by Chrissie Crook

    What's It All About? The electronic cigarette was introduced to the U.S. market in 2007 and offers the nicotine-addicted an alternative to smoking tobacco.  Most "e-cigs" are similar enough in appearance to be mistaken for regular cigarettes,  but one look inside and you'll see the main difference...

  • Costa Women Silent Auction

    Posted November 24, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    As part of the Costa Women Charity week taking place 22-29 November 2013, two abstract works of art have been donated by local artist Charli Leniston. The pictures, called Cells Dividing and Sand Dunes, retail for a total price of 750€! The pictures can be bought by silent auction which is taking pl...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 21 November 2013

    Posted November 21, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers  25% off toys at Carrefour until 28 Nov, discount returned on quarterly check with Club Carrefour. Excludes video games and bikes, not available online.   The EDay website is starting to include info about promos available only on Cyber Monday (2 Dec), take a look to see some...

  • Calendars for Christmas!

    Posted November 20, 2013 by Lindsay Ostervig

    English Calendars with Spanish fiestas Posted by Lindsay Ostervig on November 20, 2013 at 14:11 in Classifieds View Discussions I have wonderful calendars with photos of Granada Province to sell - they are fund raisers for Acompalia, the hospice we are establishing in the Costa Tropical.  They ar...

  • Question the Author

    Posted November 20, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    Are you a beginner writer, burning to ask an experienced creative writing tutor a question? Or an avid reader of crime, who’d love to meet a published author in the genre? Want to find out what’s going to be the next big thing in children’s novels? Now’s your chance to do all three in one visit! Lor...

  • A film i have just seen made me think

    Posted November 19, 2013 by Sheila Joyce

    Just been to see The Butler, what a good film and it made me realise that It happened in my life time. The USA was so backward in human relations In those years. It must seem to some that life has always been fair but it is not for all. Women have still a long way to go in some country's. Let hope t...

  • bully tactics in business

    Posted November 18, 2013 by Eileen Myers

    business bullying? Posted by Eileen Myers on November 17, 2013 at 13:57 in FAQS View Discussions Hi all, I am a new member and live in the Southern part part of the Costa Blanca. A friend recently organised a fashion show marketing her own dresses, those of a dress shop, our local hotel and the ...

  • WANTED

    Posted November 18, 2013 by adrienne conway

     HI, I'm looking to buy a silver gas bottle, full or empty.  if you know of someone moving away. i can collect between  Estepona to Mareblla.  Thanks.

  • Special announcement!

    Posted November 18, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT As we approach Thanksgiving in the United States, I ran out of fingers and toes in counting my many blessings, and to boot, I am also having a birthday on November 29th!!!  And…..I LOVE Birthdays!!! Therefore, until midnight on the 29th of November, if you’re looking to pur...

  • The amazing power of a grateful heart!

    Posted November 18, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    The Power of Gratitude! Have you noticed lately, the little things that bring positive energy into your life? Like the neighbors, whom you haven’t seen in eons, all of the sudden paths cross at the grocery store and they hug you, as they are genuinely happy to see you? Or the child of a perfec...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 14 November 2013

    Posted November 14, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers   Try Wuaki.tv free online films for one month (most films available in English) and cancel at any time. For more details on how this (and similar) sites work, see our article from last year on online film streaming in Spain.   Today only 20% discount on fashion, underwear and...

  • November is White Truffle Month in Marbella

    Posted November 14, 2013 by Georgina Shaw

    Rare, impossible to cultivate and renowned for its unique taste and aroma, White Truffles are the ultimate luxury food. With a short season from October to the end of December, this jewel of Italian gastronomy is one of the world’s most highly prized ingredients. 2013 is reported to be the best whi...

  • Signs of the times – Spain's property prospects up

    Posted November 9, 2013 by Chris Dove

    The combined effects of record tourist numbers, property price adjustments, the Spanish residency incentive for non-EU investors in properties over €500,000, and tentative economic growth forecasts into 2014 are positive indicators for Spain's commercial and residential property markets. For proof ...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 7 November 2013

    Posted November 8, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News   Ryanair have finally decided to listen to their customers and will be making changes. Now small amendments to tickets can be made free of charge during 24 hours after booking and from December a second small piece of hand luggage can be taken on board. See Ryanair website for more de...

  • Inviting friends or family over for Christmas?

    Posted November 7, 2013 by Sandrine Vriesman

    Why not inviting your relatives or friends to enjoy a warm and sunny holiday this year? Lomas del Marqués, an exclusive residential area between Puerto Banus, San Pedro de Alcántara and Benahavis offers wonderful holiday apartments. Beautiful and peaceful environment and still close to the busier c...

  • Helpline Launch

    Posted November 5, 2013 by Lindsay Ostervig

    Acompalia launches the Helpline today for the people in Granada Province!  The English speaking helpline starts today and will operate from 10am - 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday.  A trained volunteer will be ready to take your call if you are in need of a friendly listener o...r practical advice reg...

  • Eunice's Fashion & Silver Jewellery

    Posted November 2, 2013 by Eunice O'Rourke

    Hello everyone Eunice's Fashion & Silver Jewellery I have started a new venture selling beautiful 925 silver jewellery set with exquisite precious stones at very reasonable prices. There are Pendants – Rings – Earrings – Bracelets and Neckaces Each piece is hand crafted and very individual. ...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 31 October 2013

    Posted October 31, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Here's an extract from this week's Money Saver Spain Newsletter, for more info visit our website Top Offers This Week:   2 big reductions on Kindle Fire tablets at Amazon Spain: HD 7" with Dolby audio, WiFi, 16 GB was 199€, now 139€ HD 8,9", Dolby audio, WiFi, was 269€ now 229€.    Latest Offers ...

  • Autumn Edition of Smart Magazine

    Posted October 31, 2013 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    Smart Magazine is a top quality, refreshing and lively publication designed for residents in Marbella and the surrounding areas on the Costa Del Sol.   Smart Magazine Marbella Current Edition: http://smartmagazine.es/current-edition The Smart magazine is part of GRUPO SMART– a media and communicat...

  • Sotogrande International School Launch Express Bus from Marbella with Special Event

    Posted October 30, 2013 by Georgina Shaw

    Sotogrande International School (SIS) is an International Baccalaureate school and learning community, offering high quality, personalised learning in English for children from 3-18 years old. Their philosophy is to use child-focused, holistic learning to inspire, challenge and empower students to b...

  • IAM Reverence...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    I take some deep beautiful breathes eyes wide open looking around me while sitting comfortably and peaceful content in my knowing IAM creation… Everything I see is the outer layer the chosen form to embody authentic beauty and power that emanates out into the world… I feel the sacredness and ho...

  • All about ME....

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    I’ve had a wonderful time with my sister staying here, lazying under the spanish sun, that is still shining brightly here, no sign of autumn yet… other than the flocks of geese that fly over head on their journey to the warmer shores of Africa…  We visited our favourite restaurants, took short na...

  • IAM a New Energy Alchemist...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

      IAM a New Energy Alchemist… IAM busy… busy writing my first book (70% complete)… based on my own experience of awakening and living in the New Energy Consciousness and meeting 9 very interesting ‘new elemental beings’ (who are actually my returning aspects… recycled… my potential) who have hel...

  • Does our Galactic History explain Original Sin and the Fall from Grace...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    In the beginning there was nothingness…
One Great Divine Spirit…One Single Consciousness…
Moving within itself… 
Creating great wonders…An explosion of harmonious colour…
But it felt incomplete and lonely…It wanted to experience the feeling of itself…
To feel the creations it made…So it created...

  • Enjoying life with my family...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    We found the blue lake on our walk in the Espuna Mountains… Juliette and Ingrid Paisaje de Gebas y Embalse de Algeciras -Blue Lake in the Espuna Mountains What a lovely week Tom and I have had with our daughter Juliette and her mum Ingrid… For some reason our family has chosen to live miles aw...

  • Addiction, Depression, Suffering... How to put an end to it...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Addiction, depression, suffering it seems everywhere I look, people are affected… and I wanted to understand how we can heal it… truly heal it… I put myself on a mission and was brought to the attention of an interesting channel of information from Tobias of the Crimson Circle.   He talked abo...

  • As I awaken the whole world awakens...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    As I clean myself… the whole world is cleaned… As IAM sorry, I surrender… the whole world is sorry and surrenders… As I forgive myself… the whole world is forgiven… As I love myself… the whole world is loved… As I thank myself… the whole world is thankful… As I relax, the whole world relaxes… As I ...

  • Taking Care of Self and being HAPPY...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Early this morning I took my daily conscious deep breaths and was thankful for another wonderful day in which to enjoy… before springing out of bed, putting on my shorts and top and went for my daily 1/2 hour walk (too hot for my normal gentle jogging).  On my return, after a delicious breakfast ...

  • Balancing the Feminine and Masculine Energies...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Rivers of divine feminine energy flow in abundance on the physical world now… Earth and Human kind have called this forth… feeling the urge to balance the masculine and feminine energies and bring about a new and creative dance of DivineHuman potential… The Masculine Energy is a very powerful fi...

  • IAM Everything and Nothing

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    IAM the space that has no words, Just… observing the flutter of random thoughts… IAM the presence of this moment, Just… observing the extreme waves of energy around.. IAM the breath of life… Just… observing the vibration of my body consciousness, IAM the expansion, Just… observing the exploration ...

  • IAM Sovereign and Royal too... are you...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    For as long as I can remember, when I have caught glimpses on television or magazines of royalty… especially the royal family in Holland, England and Princess Grace of Monaco… I have felt overwhelmed and weepy… a powerful thudding around my heart space that I could never understand… but defi...

  • Time to make soulful choices...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Integration of the soul…I was inspired to paint this colourful artwork early 2013…IAM choosing to integrate my soul fully with my physical body & mind…©Barbara Franken… Inspiring New Energy Consciousness… Nobody knows what is going to happen anymore… because nobody has been here before… It i...

  • It's going to be OK... but first welcome the chaos

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Sleepless nights, feeling exhausted, surrounded by agitated people… What on earth is happening?  Is the world and everyone going crazy? The whole world certainly appears to be going through a chaotic time… old ways and old systems are failing, dictators are falling, jobs and relationships ar...

  • Let's not compromise ourself...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    When we compromise our own truth we walk in murky waters… To meet another half way, understanding our different perceptions is alittle different than stepping away from our own core truth in searchof recognition, approval or power… If you need help… ask, be clear about your situation and if yo...

  • What do we really want...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    One big question that we all share at some point in our life is ‘what do we really want?’and I’m sure you’ll agree that we want security, love, health, abundance, money, more sleep, joy and happiness… but this leads to another question, ‘who’s going to give us this?’  and I’m sure that we all rea...

  • I feel the Energy...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    I feel the energy thick like treacle in the air around me,it covers the nearby mountains in a misty haze…The solstice and full moon have just been around,and I wonder if this is part of their call…Or is something else happening on Earth,are we travelling into someplace unknown…Moving and aligning...

  • Awakening... becoming aware of our true self...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    We are all awakening… becoming more and more aware of our true self and the role we truly play in our own life… Through our journey’s experience, we become aware of the impact our choices have in our own destiny and the responsibility we have for everything that comes in and out of our life… We f...

  • A WOMAN Awakens

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Something inside me stirred, it had been a long and arduous road…experiencing the calm, the drive, the dark, the light, the pain, the love, the sadness and the peace… And like a bolt of thunder and strike of lightning, I brought myself to this moment, and knew with all my being…I was the dance, t...

  • The Wisdom of Golf... at Lorca Golf Resort, Costa Calida

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    It was an early rise for another great golfing day… we drove down, along the Costa Calida Coastline, a good half hour away, to Lorca Golf Resort, Spain…  We had an early start time, making sure we were ahead of others golfers wanting to play their round before the sun gets too hot…  The weather is...

  • Have you ever wondered...

    Posted October 29, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Have you ever wondered how different your life might be if you and all society had been brought up with the truth that you were ‘born a Masterpiece’?  A unique and magnificent being, growing up gracefully with all the elements of our natural world, sharing your innocence and qualities with other...

  • Incredible Opportuity to Own a Property in Marbella at 70% off Original Price!!

    Posted October 25, 2013 by Emma Biggins

    We have 2 new promotions from bank, with prices reduced around 70% of the original prices.  This complex is in 2 phases and when the first phase came on the market, sold in only 12 days. Now we have the second phase and expect to see them sold more or less in less than 2 weeks again. This is a compl...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 24 October 2013

    Posted October 24, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offer   Get a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo machine for only 35€ when you buy any box of 16 capsules. Need to order online, register and choose the Piccolo machine and a box of capsules and the offer will appear automatically.   More offers after the news…   Consumer News   Some weeks ...

  • What is Costa Women Business Breakfast all about

    Posted October 22, 2013 by Joy Fahey

    Hello Ladies - Some of you have been asking me about what happens at the Costa Womens Business Breakfast meetings and how would they benefit your business. Well here's a short video telling you what we get up to! I hope it helps and encourages you to come along and share what you do with others

  • Chance to Win 2000€ :)

    Posted October 21, 2013 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    Hello Ladies,  We all love a freebie:  Chance to Win 2000€!! Click the link below for full details on the Smart FREE to enter Competition The competition is to Guess the Date of the Big Switch off!?  http://www.smartsat-tv.com/competition Cristina from Smart Magazine Marbella

  • Are You Answering your Calling?

    Posted October 21, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    Are You Answering your Calling?   Look around you, now look inward.  Are you doing what you are meant to do?  Are you happy in and with your surroundings?  Is there something you think you would be better off doing? Do you find yourself having frequent inner dialogues full of complaints or full ...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 17 October 2013

    Posted October 17, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top OffersZara Home stores 20% discount only Sat 19 Oct. If buying online you also get free delivery.10% off all laptops and PCs with Intel processors this weekend at Hipercor stores (HP, Samsung, Asus, Compaq, Sony and Toshiba). Always remember to compare prices eg with Media Markt onli...

  • Why Hire a Virtual Administrative Assistant?

    Posted October 17, 2013 by Christine Berryman

    Virtual Assistants are now accepted as one of the most obvious ways forward. It is now possible with today’s technology, for a Virtual Assistant to work from her own office and still be able to offer the highest standards. Allowing companies to grow without the pressure of unnecessary costs and stil...

  • Keep some sunshine for us!

    Posted October 16, 2013 by Rosalie Marsh

    Not long now until another extended stay in sunny Andalucia. I have been chatting to Ali on Twitter and she tells me it is sun, sun and more sun. Even as @CasaGirasol says - wall to wall.  To make you all feel even better about hogging all the sunshine, we have had torrential rain here in North Wale...

  • The patient that did not receive the wrong dose of chemotherapy

    Posted October 16, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I am sure that when I give seminars and I talk about being an empowered patient, doing your research and knowing your disease and treatments people think it's too much, they think i'm a little bit coo-coo as my children say. Well, it turns out I AM RIGHT! I have a patient doing a very serious chem...

  • October Beer Festival 19.10.

    Posted October 15, 2013 by Britta Pampus

    Hello not only Costa Women! Let´s come together and have a good time in a nice atmosphere at Tamisa Golf Hotel/ Mijas Costa! Passion Studio organize a typical October- Fest with German food and Beer. German & International Music, so that everyone will be on the dance floor! But not only this, we...

  • Stem cell Healing with Laminine

    Posted October 14, 2013 by Clare Thomas

    Laminine, nicknamed The Pill of Life is a 100% Natural Super Food to give your stem cells nutrition to rebuild and rejuvenate themselves, reducing the signs of ageing and making you look and feel younger, improve stamina, strength and overall sense of well-being. There are many benefits but some in...

  • How about some art for Christmas?

    Posted October 14, 2013 by Mariann Johansen-Ellis

    As a full time printmaker I am absolutely passionate and quite obsessed with the world of original prints, that is, not massproduced copies, but rather etchings - linocuts - mono prints etc. It is great fun to start collecting original prints and etsy.com is a fantastic venue to find them. If you an...

  • what is SOLVIT and how can they help me?

    Posted October 12, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    Solvit is , in their own words: "Unfair rules or decisions and discriminatory red tape can make it hard for you to live, work or do business in another EU country. Thus, if you, as an EU citizen or business from another EU country, face extra obstacles caused by a public authority which isn't doing ...

  • Euro News – EUR/GBP Euro At Six Week High As UK Data Bombs

    Posted October 11, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Exchanging Euros? If you need to make a money transfer in or out of Spain TorFX can help save you money by offering far better exchange rates than your UK or Spanish bank. We don’t charge commission or transfer fees, and we can tailor transactions to suit you. If you’d like a free exchange rate quot...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 10 October 2013

    Posted October 11, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Event   Saturday 12 October is Spain’s National Day, with the biggest celebrations taking part in Zaragoza for the Dia del Pilar with over 80% of activities free. Check out events in your local area – for example in Alicante you can visit museums for free this weekend.   Find offers ...

  • ENN Care newsletter: It is never too late, but it doesn't get easier!

    Posted October 9, 2013 by Elsebeth Nybroe-Nielsen

    Dehydrated, tight and wrinkled? Does that describe your face, help is here   Click the link to read more. Kindest regards, Elsebeth Nybroe-Nielsen 

  • Magnets for Russian magnates: Barcelona and Marbella

    Posted October 9, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Ideal Home Magazine, Autumn 2013, pages 14 & 15 highlight Russian business and social networks in two of Spain's most attractive destinations for this high-value community, http://issuu.com/adsmagazine/docs/ideal_home_6?e=4748620/4944513 – published in Russian by ADS Marketing & Consulting, ...

  • Osteoarthritis and Acupuncture

    Posted October 9, 2013 by Carole

    Osteoarthritis is, as anyone who has this condition, will know, extremely painful, and debilitating. From a biomedical standpoint it affects the cartilage and other parts of the body's joints; mainly the knee and hip. The condition is characterised by short or extended episodes of significant pain a...

  • Interview on Talk Radio Europe

    Posted October 4, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    I was recently interviewed on Radio Talk Live for the Book Show. I was delighted to be asked as they have interviewed some top authors and it felt wonderful to be in such company. My thanks go to Hannah Murray for being such a wonderful interviewer and putting me at my ease. Listen to the intervie...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 3 October 2013

    Posted October 3, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers   15% off at Mary Paz shoe stores until 6 Oct.   Buy an iPad at k-tuin stores and get an iTunes card worth 25€, a stylus and 10% off accessories.   More offers after the news…   Consumer News   El Corte Ingles has finally launched a website in English. But, it’s for info only ...

  • How to create a well designed Facebook Business Page

    Posted September 30, 2013 by Ria Alcala Brown

    When it comes to running the Social Media side of your online profile, it is vital that you get it right. For example, having the right style of pages on your Facebook page is vital – promoting the right products on your Twitter page etc. It’s also extremely important that you link up the right feat...

  • Euro News – EUR/GBP Fluctuates ahead of Next Week's Big News

    Posted September 27, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Exchanging Euros? If you need to make a money transfer in or out of Spain TorFX can help save you money by offering far better exchange rates than your UK or Spanish bank. We don’t charge commission or transfer fees, and we can tailor transactions to suit you. If you’d like a free exchange rate quot...

  • Accommodation in Estapona

    Posted September 26, 2013 by julie fitzgerald

    Hi all, do you know any Costa lady living in Estapona who might rent me a room in October for a couple of weeks.  I am planning on spending winters in that area and want to meet ladies in the area and hopefully get some good tips and advice from them.  Many thanks Jules

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 26 September 2013

    Posted September 26, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Event   27 Sep is World Tourism Day, with events being held across Spain.   Find offers after the news…   Consumer News   Outpatients who are dispensed medicines in hospitals in Spain will have to pay part of the cost (they used to be free) from 1 Oct. The maximum amount payable will...

  • How to Stop Indecision in its track!

    Posted September 25, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    How to Stop Indecision in its track!    Have you ever been stuck in the limbo of "decision paralysis?"  It happens more often than you realize.  I want to help you get past the decision-making turmoil so that you can actually make ONE decision to help you jump-ship into a Luxury liner.      There...

  • Money Saver Newsletter 19 Sep 2013

    Posted September 19, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers   Jet2 promo: 10% off return flights (end date for promo not fixed yet) for flights up to 31 Mar 2015. Iberia offers: 1 million seats from 35€ for flights within Spain, 53€ to 10 EU cities. Buy before 22 Sep for flights from 1 Oct to 10 Apr 2014.   Cinema ticket, Coke and popc...

  • Learn Spanish Through Music - Sing Your Way To Fluency!

    Posted September 19, 2013 by Zara Chiron

    A great way to support your studies during your Spanish language course in Spain would be to immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking lifestyle; to build upon what you learn during your lessons in the classroom. A tried and true method to improve your Spanish language skills  is to make the learning p...

  • New Rocking Your Role Women in Business Show

    Posted September 16, 2013 by Jenny Garrett

    How are you Costa Women? I hope that you are well I wanted to share some news, I have a bi monthly Women in Business radio show  You know me, it’s all about Rocking Your Role, so my show provides practical, tried & tested strategies for business women to Rock their Roles in work and life.  You’...

  • Costa del Sol Business Blitz Month!

    Posted September 15, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    If you want to re-kick start your business, are thinking about starting a new one, or finding it hard to get back into the business mode after the summer we are here to help!  This month we have three Business focused events taking place in Marbella.    The first is what we hope will be a regular tw...

  • Busy week!

    Posted September 15, 2013 by Fiona Catchpowle

    I had a great day yesterday at The Dental Mavericks, Party in the Park event in Alhaurin.Here are the photos I took http://ning.it/14Sn2hMThis week I also started a new campaign for The Irishman Marbella. The bar is in a lovely location on the paseo near Marbella port, right next to the beach. They ...

  • HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYBODY-EVEN THOSE WITHOUT PAPERS

    Posted September 14, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    this past week I have been battling with the recognition of healthcare coverage for minors. The law (all of them, even the 2012 one), the constitution and  the UN convention of children's rights (which Spain has signed) all state that " children under 18 years old will receive the same health covera...

  • Euro News – EUR/GBP Struggling as the Pound Continues to Outshine the Euro

    Posted September 13, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Round-up for week ending 13/09/13 The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8422 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8377 After another less-than-impressive week for the Euro, the common currency is preparing to post a second cons...

  • Money Saver Newsletter 13 Sep 2013

    Posted September 13, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers   0% financing at MediaMarkt, repay in 10 to 30 months, ends 16 Sep. Min. spend 199€.   Ends today: 25% off at Women’secret to celebrate Vogue Fashion Night Out, use code VFNOWS13 or 25% off at Cortefiel with code VFNOCTF.   More offers after the news…   Consumer News   Britis...

  • Marketing for Business Made Simple

    Posted September 9, 2013 by Joy Fahey

    Hello Ladies Are you in business or thinking about starting a business, then you don't want to miss this. Watch now for all the information you need to have a successful and thriving business -      

  • THE LAW OF EVERYTHING AND THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

    Posted September 9, 2013 by Simone Segal

    http://http://thegiftifonlyyouknew.com/blog/entry/the-law-of-everything-and-the-power-of-influence   Changing the world for a better ever more A higher state of being, to become, to adore Conscious awareness guides you to reality A vision of truth, with harmonious clarity Time speeding up The next ...

  • What is The EU directive on Cross Border healthcare?

    Posted September 9, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I bet you haven't heard about the EU directive on cross border healthcare. This is a little known directive that gives all EU nationals the right  to obtain healthcare services in any EU state, as long as they are entitled to the same services in your own country, and as long as they are not able t...

  • Personal Paparazzi

    Posted September 8, 2013 by Fiona Catchpowle

    This month sees the launch of a new service to my Digital Portfolio, called Personal Paparazzi Personal Paparazzi is a new and informal way of capturing your photo memories of special events and landmarks in your life. Designed with fun in mind, Personal Paparazzi will attend your functions, and "sn...

  • Autumn Cleanse: 2. How to eliminate toxic emotions with EFT

    Posted September 7, 2013 by Lucy Gabzdyl

    Autumn Cleanse: 2. How to eliminate toxic emotions with EFT   In the last blog we looked at how we eliminate toxic emotions unconsciously through practising Mindfulness. While we don’t generally choose to work on a specific emotion if an emotion does happen to arise during your Mindfulness practice ...

  • Euro News – EUR/GBP At Seven Month Low

    Posted September 6, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Round-up for week ending 06/09/13 The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8486 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8404 This week EUR/GBP movement has been primarily driven by UK news, and as the majority of that news happened t...

  • Money Saver Newsletter 5 Sep 2013

    Posted September 6, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week's Top Offers   Get a free 6 month subscription to Spotify Premium when you buy a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer. Ends 30 Sep, need to register purchase. Holiday snaps: Buy a Hofmann album and get a 10€ discount, promo ends 24 Sep. New customers at Photobox get 60 photos free (10x15cm –...

  • September Retreats on Mallorca - Special Costa Women Offer

    Posted September 5, 2013 by Monika Evans

    I've been working with the brilliant Lynne Franks at Bloom Retreats here in Deia, Mallorca since last October and am still amazed how beautiful this part of the world is. In September we are offering retreats on Detox & Wellness (16-20), Fitness (22-27) with Sarah Maxwell (who has trained celeb...

  • Exciting new opportunity to earn extra income

    Posted September 4, 2013 by Zora Benhamou

    Hello everyone! Do you like to look, feel and stay young? How would you like to get your hands on products with the latest anti-aging technology based on gene science at wholesale prices? Sounds awesome! Would you also like to earn an extra 500 euro per month distributing the most exclusive America...

  • Costa Blanca - Apartment

    Posted September 4, 2013 by Jane cowell

    We purchased our apartment, off plan, on the Punta Marina, Punta Prima, Torrevieja in 2006 (I think) :)  The aim was, as with many, to invest in this lovely Country and in the process make some money.  It didnt cross our minds that the 'Fairy Tale' was going to be a 'Nightmare'.  Nor that just 2 yea...

  • THE ONLY BLUE DOOR -a story about child migrants during WW2

    Posted September 3, 2013 by Joan Fallon

    I began to write THE ONLY BLUE DOOR about two years ago, after reading an article in a magazine about children who were sent to Australia by the British government as child migrants.  Many of these children were told that their parents were dead and were either placed with foster families or put int...

  • Don't forget to check your kids' eyes before they return to school

    Posted September 3, 2013 by Georgina Shaw

    The new school term is shortly approaching and it is important to think about your child’s vision as well as all the text books and uniforms. Studies show that one in four children have an undetected visual problem which can affect their learning ability, reinforcing the importance for parents to ta...

  • If you're looking for an interesting place to visit .....

    Posted September 2, 2013 by Rachel Webb

    What a fabulous country we live in. This summer I've lucky enough to have been paid to explore from Almeria to Cadiz and I've seen some fabulous towns and villages, but the one that stands out most is Setenil de los Bodegas.  On a trip to Ronda with hubby we set out to explore some white villages (...

  • Join the 3 Million Club!

    Posted September 2, 2013 by Zora Benhamou

    Please join 3 million of us who are working to eradicate child mortality due to malnutrition. The 3 Million Club is a humanitarian initiative set in motion by people struck by the tragedy of child starvation and the belief that it can be avoided thanks to new approaches and technologies.OBJECTIVE: T...

  • Repatriation: 8 causes of "re-entry" shock

    Posted September 1, 2013 by Dorothy Dalton

    I am a long term expat with two international moves under my belt. Three if you count the move from England to Wales. Both my children are “Third Culture Kids”  (TCK) having been born outside their passport country.  So I know first hand that a successful international experience can be an enriching...

  • Gibraltarian climbs Kilimanjaro to stop children dying from malnutrition

    Posted August 31, 2013 by Zora Benhamou

    Gibraltarian and mom of three, Genevieve (Genny) Proetta, had never climbed a mountain in her life. In the period of two weeks, she climbed La Concha (1,200m), El Veleta (3,400m) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895M), to support a humanitarian initiative called the 3 Million Club (www.3millionclub.com) who...

  • Autumn Cleanse: 1. How to eliminate toxic emotions with Mindfulness

    Posted August 31, 2013 by Lucy Gabzdyl

    Autumn Cleanse: 1. How to eliminate toxic emotions with Mindfulness   When talking about detoxing, we generally think of the physical body: focusing on eating the right food as well as reducing the impact on us of the toxicity of our environment. But, when it comes to our wellbeing, negative emotion...

  • PEACE & LOVE

    Posted August 31, 2013 by Simone Segal

    To all Costa Wonderful Women! PEACE AND LOVE Ouch to be the one to start confusion In front of your eyes is just an illusion These are not just words, nor only lyrics Spiritual awareness lies in quantum physics We followed a path unknowingly With eyes wide open, yet could not see What we b...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 29 August 2013

    Posted August 30, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    After four weeks off, yesterday the Money Saver Spain newsletter was out again. In case you haven't signed up for it yet, here it is: Consumer News   August has seen big changes in how electricity bills are calculated, see how you could be affected and what to do to save money.   A new study by Spa...

  • Opportunity to win a free trial at Look Your Best Fitness & Lifestyle studio

    Posted August 26, 2013 by Monika Geri

    I wanted to let all the Costa Women know, that the new fitness & lifestyle studio where I am Guest Relations Manager has launched a competition on Facebook to win a great free trial, worth 25€.   To enter the competition go to the Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LookYourBestMarbella, li...

  • Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers

    Posted August 25, 2013 by Sarah Bevan Fischer

    Those lovely people at Amazon have finally priced matched Palmerstone the first of The Friendship Diaries Series as FREE…AND my first born has made it to No 41 in the TOP 100 in the Kindle Store. Literature and Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Saga http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/157...

  • Euro News – EUR/GBP Starts to Recover Losses

    Posted August 23, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8537 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8594 Over the weekend the EUR/GBP pairing largely retained declines recorded last week when Sterling was supported by several pieces of surprising...

  • Smart Magazine Late Summer Edition

    Posted August 23, 2013 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    The latest Online Edition of Smart Magazine Marbella, Please mention Smart when contacting Advertisers. Comments and feedback always welcomePrinted version will be hitting the streets next week, if you have a business and would like to be added to the distribution list as a pick up point for the ma...

  • my first blog post i think!!

    Posted August 21, 2013 by Christina Lowe

    Well i spoke to a lovely friend of mine based in Marbella the other day and his advice to me (re moving back to Spain) was come back, go out there, and kill them - i'm hoping he meant vocally lol, we worked together years ago in the UK and shared a venue or 2 when i was based in Spain.   Anyway as i...

  • Nightmare on Nameless Street - An Accommodation Horror Story

    Posted August 21, 2013 by Zara Chiron

    I am sure that you are all so excited to go to Spain right?I was too!!!!!! Yay! Yay! Yay! Viva Espana! So overly excited that I started planning my move MONTHS in advance! ...like in October when I was scheduled to go at the end of spring. I thought that I would have everything covered and it would ...

  • Our First Year in Spain:

    Posted August 19, 2013 by Angie Clifford

    This month marks our 1 year anniversary 'Living on the Costa Del Sol' and what a wonderful year it has been. We have moved from our first townhouse to a lovely 'Villa on a hill' Our lovely convertible car now  has its own brand new Spanish number plates, we have joined groups and made some nice fri...

  • Location,location,location

    Posted August 19, 2013 by nicola jane farnhill

    Hi ladies i am currently looking for locations on the North and South coast of Spain, to run my workshops. As a life coach and Strategic Interventionist I offer individuals and groups the opportunity to engage with me in a life changing,educational and highly interactive way to challenge belief syst...

  • Zen & the Art of Gibraltar Border Queuing

    Posted August 19, 2013 by Belinda Beckett

    Have you ever been trappedin the Gibraltar Border Queue? My partner Dave was in July's six-hour mega queue and kept his cool by going walkabout and discovering some sights he'd never seen before on Gibraltar's less well-known East Side. Have you heard of Titty Rock? You can get a copy of a map and d...

  • Good News, More Good News and Even Better News

    Posted August 18, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    Good News Friday saw the very successful launch of Someday Never Comes, the second in the D.I. Paolo Storey series. The book entered the genre charts Friday night and is holding its place at around number 50. I’m thrilled.     More Good News To celebrate the launch, the publishers have set the e-boo...

  • Ready to kick Christmas into next year...? Gagging to start writing that book...? Or just bored with the whole traditional palav

    Posted August 18, 2013 by Jean Gilhead

      'Creating Magic with Words - Christmas Writing Week'         Join us in Marbella,El Casco Antiguo (Old Town), on the sunny Costa del Sol, Spain - for a week of fun and relaxation! There's a writer in every one of us - come and discover your own 'writer's voice'!   For more information, click her...

  • Euro News – Euro Extends Declines against the Pound

    Posted August 16, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Round-up for week ending 16/08/13 The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8591 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8533 Despite some positive economic news brightening the Eurozone’s economic outlook this week, the Euro has soft...

  • Mobile Massage in Costa Blanca

    Posted August 16, 2013 by Kelly Seed

    If you are feeling stressed, run down or a little lethargic the best thing for you to do is take somettime out for yourself and enjoy a massage. Whether it be and indian head massage or a full body swedish massage the benefits of massage are incredible! I am a fully qualified massage who can come to...

  • Someday Never Comes Released Today

    Posted August 16, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    If you’re coming to the online launch of Someday Never Comes today (Friday 16th August) you might be interested in the plan for the festivities. If you’re not coming (why not?) the outline below might entice you to change your mind. Here’s the link, just in case you decide to drop in. You’re very we...

  • My New Book Published!!

    Posted August 15, 2013 by Joy Fahey

    Some good news if you'd like to be inspired! I'm very happy to announce my book has been published on Amazon.com! '7 Steps to Awakening Your Amazing Self' is now available on Kindle at Amazon.com If you could give me a review it would be great! You can see more details on JoyFahey.com where you can ...

  • Learning Spanish..... Ok it's taken a while

    Posted August 14, 2013 by Molly

    and I am still learning... I began Spanish around the age of 11 yrs old and now I am 37... 26 years on I am still learning... but don´t despair. I am now bilingual. The most recent word I have learnt is renacuajo (tadpole)   Here´s a post I have written hope to help people learning Spanish or impro...

  • Maite Rodriguez Art Gallery

    Posted August 13, 2013 by Maite Rodriguez

    Discover, Share, Buy and Sell Fine Art Online. Find Original Artwork Including Paintings and Prints at Great Prices.. www.maiterodriguez.es  

  • Wu-Chu Bamboo treatment

    Posted August 13, 2013 by Bio Bea

      Works in minutes ! Frozen shoulder ● Sciatica ● Back pain ● Tennis elbow ● Old sports injuries ● R.S.I.● NO MORE PAIN FILLED SLEEPLESS NIGHTS!! Any soft tissue muscle damage no matter how old! Amazing new treatment!(NOT A MASSAGE) Only here in Europe ! From Kung Fu traditional practi...

  • Not Benalmadena - more Nerja again!

    Posted August 13, 2013 by Rosalie Marsh

    Buenas Dias Costa Women, We had been looking forward to a sojurn in Benalmadena this year as a change from Nerja, which we have visited a few times to escape the chills of the British winter. Again we opted for Saga Holidays and had planned to possibly hire a car and explore the that area of Andaluc...

  • Someday Never Comes Book Trailer

    Posted August 11, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    As I mentioned in my last blog post, my latest crime thriller, Someday Never Comes, will be released on Friday. As I live here in Spain, the publishers are holding an online launch party, to which you are all invited. It's an all-day event, so you are welcome to drop in for five minutes or five ...

  • A little poem.....

    Posted August 10, 2013 by Amanda Meheux

    When asked about the perfect picnic, The Cava Queen replied, ‘A gorgeous wicker hamper with lots of goodies inside.   Keep it Spanish, go tapas, with the best Iberico ham. Fresh anchovies, broad beans and tortilla should be part of the plan.   Green olives, plump red tomatoes and some artisan bread....

  • Is your business 51% Women owned and controlled by one or more Women?

    Posted August 10, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    Costa Women is all about collaboration, especially with other networks.  This week I have been speaking to the Executive Director for Europe of WEConnect International, Maggie Berry.   WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit and their goal is to connect more majority women owned busin...

  • Euro News – Positive UK News Sees the Euro Weaken EUR/GBP

    Posted August 9, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Round-up for week ending 09/08/13 The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8644 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8613 Last week’s less-than-impressive US employment data saw the Euro advance on its North American rival, and a...

  • Someday Never Comes

    Posted August 7, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    Only ten days to go before the latest in the Detective Inspector Paolo Storey series, Someday Never Comes, is released by Crooked Cat Publishing on 16th August 2013. Don't miss the online party. There will be games, quizzes, music and lots to keep you entertained - as well as a few giveaways as pri...

  • You Were Seven Once!

    Posted August 5, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    Way before I became of age, seven years old, that is, I always knew that I wanted to help people. In fact, I wanted to be a Doctor, a Healer, or someone that will make other people’s lives better in any way I could. My mother thought this was a very strange thing for a child to want. Yes, I was onl...

  • The Key to Happiness and Success, is to Feel it Before it Arrives.

    Posted August 5, 2013 by Antonia Behan

    True happiness comes from within. I know this is true because it has become my experience. However, in order to understand and learn how to cultivate inner happiness, I had to first of all confront my own mind. You see, although I have cast aside certain materialism: I don't have or need so many 'th...

  • Step by step guide to getting into the spanish public system

    Posted August 4, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    for anyone having difficulties knowing if they are entitled to healthcare, and then what to do after they have it, here's my HOW TO GUIDE to the medical maze! 1). find if you are entitled to healthcare: if you registered here before abril 2012, earn less than 100K/year and do NOT receive healthcare ...

  • Euro News – Euro Trading Above 87 Pence as the Eurozone Emerges From Recession

    Posted August 2, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    Round-up for week ending 02/08/13 The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8632 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8727 Several factors have helped the Euro gain on the Pound this week, including reports showing improvement in ...

  • Do we need a new LOVE Revolution?

    Posted August 2, 2013 by Caroline Sheridan

    Davina MacKail, shaman and dream expert believes it's time we woke up to what is really happening in the West and is sounding the clarion call for a new, intelligent LOVE revolution. This is a far cry from the flower power movement "summer of love" from the 60's - she's not advocating free sex and d...

  • Losing the pounds...permanently

    Posted July 31, 2013 by nicola jane farnhill

    Hi Ladies, Would you like to realise something about yourself that would enable you to maintain a healthy weight for life..mmmm I think I heard a few shreeeeks of joy at the thought of this!! Are you at a point in your life where you have tried everything,,,every diet...every tablet...every exercis...

  • Local Fire and Weather Watch site on Facebook- we need you!!!

    Posted July 28, 2013 by Jill Leonard

    Hi everyone!After the horrendous fire of last year I have created a group to provide a central page for postings concerning any outbreaks of fire and, particularly in the winter, adverse weather/floods etc. Whilst last year's fire was raging, I found I had to keep a lot of tabs open, on various Face...

  • THE Women’s event on the Costa del Sol calendar for 2013

    Posted July 27, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    250 Women celebrated Costa Women Marbella’s 1st Anniversary Party on Friday 26th July at La Veranda-Verde in the Royal Tennis Club in El Rosario.   The night was a celebration of the new Costa Women’s Russian Costa Women group and its fusion with representatives of the 57 other nationalities that co...

  • Adventure in the Iberian Peninsula. June 2013.

    Posted July 26, 2013 by Rosalie Marsh

    Hello Costa Women, I have been a little quiet of late but I would like to share with you a flavour of our recent escorted tour in Galicia where we explored the Rias Baixas, O Coruna, and Santiago de Compostela from our hotel near Portonova. It also includes Lisbon and the Duoro Valley. Full story in...

  • Euro News – A Year On From ECB Promise, Euro is 8 Pence Stronger

    Posted July 26, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8604  Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8613 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in t...

  • Healthy Summer Eating and Chinese Nutritional Therapy

    Posted July 24, 2013 by Carole

    Summer is now in full swing, with plenty of BBQ, beach time, and most of us are spending a lot of time basking in the sun, either sun bathing or exercising outside. However, in Southern Spain the sun rays are strong and the heat can be intense so it is important to take extra precautions this season...

  • Can any one help

    Posted July 24, 2013 by Norma Brewis

    I am looking for contacts in the educational or employment system in Spain. There are great employment opportunities in the live in care sector for english speakers,but i am having difficutly sourcing spanish contacts. Regards Norma

  • Cardoon thristle

    Posted July 24, 2013 by elizabeth thompson

    Goats milk cheese using the cardoon trsitle as rennet. Made with raw goats milk this cheese has 6 weeks maturity. Contrary to other mature cheeses that go hard with time.The rampant activity of the cardoon enzyme, coupled with goats milk and high moisture, can result in some startlingly unctuous, al...

  • What's a Patient Advocate?

    Posted July 24, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    When I say that I'm a patient advocate, I hear....silence and I see confused faces. What is that???? Others say, Ahh you translate for folks that don't speak spanish.   The reality is much more complex than that. This are the words of a very good friend Trisha Torrey founder of AdvoConnection in the...

  • Our Direction

    Posted July 23, 2013 by Julie Smith

    Beginning a new start with new hopes of a better life here on the costa. I had thought of going back to UK after 10 years of various jobs without security. I have recently returned from UK having trained in care work. Alan (my husband) was laid off his job while I was training.  We have been given a...

  • English online content – your passport to global sales

    Posted July 23, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Published by Andalucía Lab Tourism Innovation Centre, Marbella and coinciding with the start of British TV Channel 4 documentary series ‘Why Don't You Speak English?’, this blog examines the value of professional English online content over other languages to reach millions of internet shoppers arou...

  • Smart FM Radio Station in the Marbella Area

    Posted July 23, 2013 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    If you want your business to grab the attention of millions of consumers, consider this: radio is one of the hottest mediums available. Much more than that, it is extremely cost effective and will deliver great returns on your investment.   In the Spain, for example, about 95 percent of people li...

  • Smart Magazine Business Pages

    Posted July 23, 2013 by Cristina Axford Moyle

    Looking to promote your services/Business?   The next edition of Smart Magazine is due out for August & September .  The Business Pages are 60€ for 2 months working out at 7.50€ per week.   To have a look at the business pages please click the following link:   http://smartmagazine.es/marbella-...

  • 48h in Cordoba - My historic city break

    Posted July 21, 2013 by Molly

      My third and last post about My city break in Stunning Cordoba.   I wanted to discover the city beyond the Mezquita: http://www.piccavey.com/cordoba-cities-of-spain/ Have a great week Molly

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 18 July 2013

    Posted July 20, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News   The European Commission is proposing changes to the EU Package Travel Rules to bring them up-to-date with internet travel purchases. The current 1990 Directive will be amended to help improve consumer rights and increase competition in the market.   Movistar (Telefonica) will start t...

  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective (Women) Expats

    Posted July 20, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    So you are taking the plunge and moving to Spain!  And before I get over excited about the fabulous country, wonderful environment, food, culture, wine etc. let’s take a minute for a reality check about working here with the assistance of Mr. Stephen Covey via Seven Habits of Highly Effective (Women...

  • Why I left clinical medicine and started patient advocacy

    Posted July 20, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I am writing this this post after reading a post by Miriam Bayona, CTO of Wonnova .She tells how difficult it was being a woman in that field, getting paid less than the men for the same job, having to do things that had nothing to do with her work (serving coffee?). As she puts it, being a woman is...

  • Euro News – Calm Returns to the Market, But Euro Falls Against Pound

    Posted July 19, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8641  Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8594 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in t...

  • Bad Moon Rising recommended alongside J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo's Calling

    Posted July 18, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    Now, there’s a blog post title I never thought I’d be able to write, but it’s true! The wonderful people over at Triskele Book Club have put together a list of their recommendations for summer reads. Bad Moon Rising and The Cuckoo’s Calling are rubbing virtual spines on their Hot Summer Reads Pag...

  • Is it really comfortable in the comfort zone?

    Posted July 18, 2013 by nicola jane farnhill

    What is stopping you from having the dream life??.....lack of confidence, self-worth, self-belief, old and debilitating thoughts from the past....whatever it is.....make a change today, take a step into the unknown and revel in the excitement and thrill of the possibilities that present themselves!!

  • when you don't have the medical facts you cannot have an opinion

    Posted July 16, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    Today the ABIM foundation featured a blog post by a man that went to see a orthopedic surgeon for elbow pain, but didn't want to have a  x-ray taken because of fear of malignancy due to radiation    " There is growing evidence of the danger of radiation exposure. (They were careful to place protecti...

  • CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

    Posted July 15, 2013 by xandra rowat

    THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FINAL STAGE, SARRIA TO SANTIAGO JULY 2013   Tuesday 2nd July 2013 was the day I started out on the challenge of doing the last stage of the CAMINO DE SANTIAGO, a historical walk taken by thousands over centuries which commences, for the Camino de Frances, from St Jean in Franc...

  • Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children

    Posted July 14, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I heard many times the line that sugar causes hyperactivity, but after having children, and giving sugary-foods to them (yes, I love sweets..), I never saw them getting hyperactive, so I decided to investigate a little bit.   And this is what I found: There is a great study in which parents who t...

  • what's photoaging?

    Posted July 13, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    Photoaging refers to the aging effects of the sun, it causes wrinkles, sagging and thickening of the skin, a dermatologist dream in a consultation. I leave you here with an image published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Jennifer Gordon and Joaquin Brieva. This is a trucker that received s...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 11 July 2013

    Posted July 12, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Download for free over 50 official tourism brochures (in English) on different areas of Spain. Just select the ones you want and you’ll get a link by email to download them. Also free but in Spanish, Repsol’s Spanish city guides for 2-day trips.   Apple are celebrating 5 yea...

  • Euro News – Eurozone Stability Returns, But US Triggers Market Madness

    Posted July 12, 2013 by Laura Parsons

      The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8622  Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8630 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in...

  • Pretty Patios & the Palacio de Viana - Cordoba

    Posted July 11, 2013 by Molly

    Pretty Patios & the Palacio de Viana on Piccavey.com   My second post about my busy weekend in Cordoba, Spain.   Read full post here:  http://www.piccavey.com/cordoba-patios-palacio-viana/   Saludos y buen fin de semana Molly

  • The Many Faces of Leadership!

    Posted July 11, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    The Many Faces of Leadership! With the advent of Social Media many quiet and unknown leaders have come to the surface to influence our thinking, behavior, and guide us through very challenging times. The phenomenon is not so much on the platform, but in the opportunities social media has created fo...

  • Five things Spanish people say (and what they really mean)

    Posted July 9, 2013 by Fiona Flores Watson

    This is an adapted version of a post which first appeared on Scribbler in Seville.     Captain Haddock’s outbursts are a lot less colourful than some Spanish expressions.   In this post I’m looking at Spanish expressions which have caught my attention over the years. As a writer, translator, someti...

  • Aloe Vera

    Posted July 8, 2013 by Sue Benson

    Hi My favourite supplement and make up company is Forever Living Products. When I was in the UK I was working with it and Avon at the same time as some of my clients could not use te Avon products, slowly I was introducing my FLP to my customers.    The customers where really happy with the products...

  • Forever Living Products

    Posted July 8, 2013 by Sue Benson

    Hi, I would like to share my experience with you regarding some of the products I have used with Forever Living and highly recommend them.   I love the Heat cream - I find it really useful for sprains and joint aches, and muscle spasms.  Deep heating cream which really does penetrate you body parts ...

  • UNPREDICTABLE LOVE

    Posted July 8, 2013 by Sarah Allibone

    To love is to suffer; to be happy is to love. So must one suffer to be happy? This syllogism won’t win any prizes in logic, but it accurately describes a curious paradox of human behaviour: the allure of unpredictable romantic partners. How many times have you wondered why your friend (or, uh, you...

  • The Process of Change

    Posted July 8, 2013 by Joy Fahey

     How to get from A to B in your personal development. Today is the day for change! What you have in your mind at the start of the day is the beginning of that change. Changing a pattern of old behaviour is either a challenge or a delight depending on how you think about it.  Whatever happened yeste...

  • What do you do when you move to a new country and don’t know anyone?

    Posted July 7, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    What do you do when you move to a new country and don’t know anyone?  The first item on your list needs to be networking.   Read more via my interview with nancy todd of The Spain Scoop: http://www.thespainscoop.com/expert-travel-advice-spain-scoop/#sthash.3dTNry2q.dpuf

  • 10 Mojitos in Spain

    Posted July 7, 2013 by Molly

    10 different places in Spain to sip a Summer Mojito Now were are getting into the Summer holiday´sI thought I´d do a more fun post on my blog Read full article here: http://www.piccavey.com/mojito-in-spain/ Cheers   Enjoy your Summer!Molly

  • Euro News – Eurozone Shocks Cause Major Euro Movement

    Posted July 5, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8567  Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8597 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in t...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 4 July 2013

    Posted July 4, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News   Spain has, on average, 5 speed radars for every 1000 km of roads, however in Catalunya there are over 18 radars per 1000 km. The regions with the lowest numbers are Navarra, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha with 1, 2.18 and 2.45 radars respectively per 1000 km. In total Catalunya ...

  • Cordoba - Beautiful Andalusia

    Posted July 4, 2013 by Molly

    I travelled to Cordoba a few weeks ago On this post I explain the Typical Cordoba food served in restaurants & review six places   http://www.piccavey.com/cordoba-restaurants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cordoba-restaurants   If you are thinking of visiting check this ou...

  • Coffee Is Big Business

    Posted July 2, 2013 by Sue Benson

    I have something to shout about Hi, I am looking to be growing my business, if you are interested in discovering how you too can start to become involved with a very good business plan and excellent opportunities.   This is something really incredible, Healthy Coffee   I am planning to hold a prese...

  • Publisher's three day sale

    Posted June 30, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    My publisher is having a three day sale on their e-book titles and my crime/thriller (written as Frances di Plino), Bad Moon Rising, is available at 77p/99c (usually £2.77). http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Moon-Rising-ebook/dp/B007HH5H8O http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Moon-Rising-ebook/dp/B007HH5H8O Sale e...

  • Euro News – Positive German Data Allows Euro to Gain on the Pound

    Posted June 28, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8536 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8558 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Death in the Afternoon: The Round Cemetery of Sayalonga, east of Malaga.

    Posted June 27, 2013 by Marianne Elizabeth

    I love discovering and exploring burial sites wherever I am in the world, not because of any morbid fascination with death, but in the expectation of visually recording their beauty, history and existence.  To me, cemeteries are places where art, history and world religion meet.  The only round ...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 27 June 2013

    Posted June 27, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Galp fuel stations offer up to 12€ discount on fuel. At link put in email (up to 5 requests per email address) and print the sheet when you receive it. Each time you buy 30 litres or more you’ll get the sheet stamped, discounts can be used immediately or accumulated up to 12...

  • Celebrating our Achievements

    Posted June 27, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    Today we are officially half way through 2013!  Here's how the Costa Women year is shaping up; I hope yours is looking good too.... Meeting and Greeting We have welcomed 575 new members since 1st January 2013 and have representatives from 59 different countries. Held 30 events including in Valencia...

  • Euro News – US Federal Reserve Policy Decision Puts the Euro Under Pressure

    Posted June 21, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8490 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8538 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Spain - A photo essay

    Posted June 21, 2013 by Molly

    Spain is certainly a land ful of contrasts Here´s a blog post packed with photos of Spain:   Hope you like it! http://www.piccavey.com/spain-land-of-contrasts/ Have a great weekend Molly

  • BeSafe Pregnant - how to optimise your safety when travelling by car during pregnancy

    Posted June 20, 2013 by Nicole King

    PRESS RELEASE BeSafe International – info@besafe-international.com Tlf. 91815 2814     BeSafe International once again leads the way in road traffic safety during pregnancy with the launch of the NEW BeSafe Pregnant IZIfix, already considered the most innovative safety product in 2013 in the Nordic ...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 20 June 2013

    Posted June 20, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Air conditioning discounts: Endesa: up to 40% off units with 18 months interest-free credit (need to pay 2% admin charge) and a 3-year guarantee. Hipercor: 15% off units and 10% off installation, ends 26 June. Darty: Last days of closing down sale, including discounted air ...

  • How to - add Costa Women badge to your website

    Posted June 19, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    Download the badge below by right-clicking on the image and select “Save Image As” (or equivalent based on your browser). Or follow this link Badge for Download Upload the badge to your website and link it back to Costa Women’s Website with the following code: <a href="http://costawomen.ning.c...

  • BE LUCKY IN LOVE

    Posted June 19, 2013 by Sarah Allibone

    Do you sometimes feel that true love only happens to other people? If you’ve had dating disasters or relationships which have failed in the past, it’s easy to start seeing yourself as someone who’s just not meant to be in a couple. Perhaps partners have criticised you, perhaps your friends tell you ...

  • Hi Everyone

    Posted June 18, 2013 by Karen Julienne Jones

    I have joined this site via recomendation from a friend. Apart from joing a social media group for women  I hope to share my experince with you after being here for over 30 years  in Spain i have seen many changes some for the good and some not so good. I would like to hear from people about their e...

  • Would you like to write articles for magazines and newspapers?

    Posted June 18, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    The following post gives writers and would-be writers ideas for finding non-fiction topics to write about. http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/cant-find-article-ideas-you-need-to.html

  • The curtains are opening... are you awake and watching, feeling and listening to what is going on???

    Posted June 17, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    We have yet another whistle blower bringing to light agencies crossing the line... They say that these safety measures are to protect us???  but how far do you want our leaders to go... At what cost???  What does it mean to be 100% protected against attack, terrorism?  Is it to the cost of our pr...

  • The Wisdom of Golf...

    Posted June 17, 2013 by Barbara Franken

      24 years ago today Tom and I got together... a great reason to celebrate a few days in a lovely golf resort, Desert Springs, Almanzora, Spain...  The weather is warm but a little overcast, never mind... Tom and I have an early afternoon start time today to enjoy a nice game of golf and enjoy the b...

  • Self Pity vs Self Love

    Posted June 17, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    Unnecessary criticism, verbal cruelty, sarcasm and malicious gossip demeans the speaker, making him less, darkening his aura and encourages a habit to form… but even his unspoken words travel through the ‘song of the universe’ to find the recipient… Do we choose to accept these feelings of wickedne...

  • Euro News – Euro Declining On Eurozone Employment Woes

    Posted June 14, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8512 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8518 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Advise on EHIC rejection

    Posted June 14, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    Finally we have some more information about the EHIC scandal(http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-470_en.htm?locale=en). Apparently the problem was that the hospital billed the private health insurance of the patients. It is not clear if people without travel insurance (the real problem for ...

  • My website in a new look!

    Posted June 13, 2013 by Christine Heckel

    It's fun to redo your website, check out mine www.christine-heckel.com and on Facebook ... if you like :-) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Heckel/271895366289580

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 13 June 2013

    Posted June 13, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Top Offer This Week   10 days with accommodation, meals and events at 10€ per person at Ubeda and Baeza (5-14 July). Promo celebrates the 10-year anniversary of when Unesco included both cities in the list of World Heritage Sites. Need to get a reservation code from official website.   More offers a...

  • Do You feel Like Quitting?

    Posted June 13, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    Oftentimes the road you are taking feels all uphill.  In fact, it feels like a battle you cannot win.  You are exhausted, confused, and want to be left alone.  Does this sound familiar? Is it time to rest? Is it time to reflect? Is it time to analyze? Is it time to talk it out? Or is it simply tim...

  • PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR THE PERFECT TAN

    Posted June 11, 2013 by fulvia greco

    Fancy having an even and long lasting tan this summer?Fancy avoiding getting red and sore in the sun?Prepare your skin with plenty of vitamin D and antioxidant: Swissnahrin Nahroderm, 2 tabs a day and you are Worry Free.Call me today to order yours. COSTA WOMEN OFFER 23€ (one month supply)677785403.

  • A 15 min interview (audio) on Living the dream in Spain

    Posted June 10, 2013 by Molly

      Hi,   This interview may be interesting particularly for those ´Dreaming Spain´ members I was asked to talk about Life in Spain, speaking Spanish and working abroad.   You can listen online whenever you like: http://www.piccavey.com/expat-life-in-spain/ Rgds Molly

  • Swissnahrin Artichoke drink, your liver savior

    Posted June 10, 2013 by fulvia greco

    As summer kicks in and we enjoy long days and the extra drink or two let's not forget to look after our liver to prevent oxidant, weight gain, bad circulation and slow metabolism. Swissnahrin Artichoke drink is refreshing, delicious and so easy to take. GIVE YOUR LIVER A BREAK! One shot after meals ...

  • A BITTER TWIST ON LENNON

    Posted June 10, 2013 by Belinda Beckett

    I used to hate Cynthia Lennon. A lot of us teenage girls were a bit psycho, that way, in the psychedelic Sixties. Pinning Beatles to our bedroom walls like crazed etymologists. Insanely jealous of wives and girlfriends. Fantasising about John/George/Paul/Ringo – take your pick – Eight Days A Week...

  • On-line and face:2:face networking

    Posted June 9, 2013 by Jackie Groundsell

    Back in 2002 at the concept of 1230 TWC we were the first businesswomen’s network; now not only are there many more face:to:face networks but we also have social media, that is, on-line networking. So let’s have a look at face:to:face network versus on-line networking. Do we need both, are they in c...

  • Marbella’s model for Intelligent Destinations

    Posted June 8, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Building on cultural and economic links with Spain, EUROAL 2013 International Travel Market for Latin America and Europe saw José Luis Córdoba, Director of Andalucía Lab Tourist Innovation Centre in Marbella, host a conference on "How to become smart destinations and not die in the attempt." Held at...

  • Costa Women Event 'What exercises will give you the results you want' 4th June 2013

    Posted June 8, 2013 by Lisa Marie Robinson

    On Tuesday night, after receiving many requests, I ran the repeat of my presentation for Costa Women titled ‘What exercises will give you the results you want’.  I delivered it at the beautiful Princess Studios in Nueva Andalucia, at Centro Plaza.  I teach there and they run a great range of classe...

  • Euro News – Euro At Multi-Week High Against the US Dollar

    Posted June 7, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8533 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8500 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 6 June 2013

    Posted June 6, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   Buy a Sony Bravia TV and get a free Sony Xperia smartphone. Phone valued at 629€ or 229€ depending on model of TV purchased, ends 14 July.   Vueling flights from 29.99€, reserve before 11 June and fly 17 June to 16 October.   More offers after the news... Consumer News   Wa...

  • Newsletter Centro Mar y Salud

    Posted June 6, 2013 by Bernadette Veeger

    Hi everyone,   We are starting a newsletter about our Medical Centre. It would mean a lot if you could take a look here. Let me know what you think about it.   Kind Regards, Bernadette

  • The basics to plan a visit to Granada or The Alhambra

    Posted June 6, 2013 by Molly

    I updated this information yesterday and thought I may be of use for anyone travelling to the area over the Summertime   My practical tips to visit the city of Granada or get your hands on Alhambra tickets!   Full post here: http://www.piccavey.com/blog/granada-andalucia/   Kind regardsMolly  

  • Workshop on Anti Aging Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture - BCN

    Posted June 3, 2013 by Ruth Westnidge

    Getting ready for it all - next week is the Cosmetic Acupuncture Workshop for the Barcelona Women's Network - its free of charge and all are welcome. Its all about how this therapy is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, crows feet, fine lines, sagging, puffyness, dark circles, 'looking tired...

  • Flying with a baby

    Posted June 3, 2013 by Kate (Costa Kids)

    Having braved a week long trip abroad with a 10 year old and a 5 month old last year, I thought I’d put together a few tips to get you through flying with a baby.  It seemed to do the trick for us and we were left with a baby who slept for both take off and landing, plus the vast majority of the fli...

  • Looking for authors to interview

    Posted June 3, 2013 by Lorraine Mace

    I run two blogs - one for writers and one for readers of crime/thriller fiction. I am currently running weekly interviews on both blogs. If you are a published author and would like to feature on either blog, please let me know. For crime/thriller authors the blog link is: http://francesdiplinorev...

  • Euro News – Eurozone Unemployment At Record High

    Posted May 31, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8459 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8538 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Services Available to Foreign Women residents living in Spain - You are not Alone

    Posted May 31, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    Whilst a very emotive subject, many have been affected by domestic violence.  The British Consulate in Malaga advise that 30% of the crimes reported to them by the Police, which affect UK nationals, relate to domestic violence. The Women's Institute in Malaga - Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer (IAM) of...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 30 May 2013

    Posted May 30, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    This Week’s Top Offers   1. Cepsa and Carrefour have got together to offer a 4% discount on fuel via the Carrefour Club Card. 2. Ends today: 10% discount at Worten online (excludes Apple products and books). 3. This weekend is open doors day at the Ruta del Vino de Monterrei - 7 wineries offer free ...

  • LADIES THAT ROCK

    Posted May 30, 2013 by CAROLE GARCIA

           My good friend , Lynn Delaney has just completed her first book called "Ladies that Rock". It is a book compiled of various stories of transformative moments in women's lives.                                                                                        My story is on page 58.  She w...

  • Guest blog: Relocating a start-up By Suzi Dixon

    Posted May 28, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    If you've got a business back home, a move overseas has an added layer of stress. How do you deal with contacts, staff, suppliers? Will your firm survive your expatriation? Start-up businesses in particular are vulnerable. In the first two years of trading, you are building up your customer base and...

  • New Post about Expats Working Abroad in Spain

    Posted May 28, 2013 by Molly

        I have written this post about Working in Spain as an Expat. I hope you enjoy the read. It is also part of a Writing Contest. Can you spare a ´Like´ or add a quick comment after clicking on this link? http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/469/working-abroad-in-spain   Thanks!    ¿Tienes un momento...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 23 May 2013

    Posted May 23, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Latest Offers & Articles on Money Saver Spain -  One of our most popular offers from last year is back: get a 5% discount for theme park tickets across Spain with Tixalia by using our exclusive code TXLMONEYSS20XX. Buying at Tixalia means no queuing, no commission and if you need to change dat...

  • LIFE's FINAL JOURNEY

    Posted May 23, 2013 by Marilyn Richardson

    Life is pleasant.  Death is peaceful.  It’s the transaction that’s troublesome. -          Isaac Asimov In today’s world we are all striving for Financial Safety, Security and Savings, however it is a sad fact that there are only two certainties in life – Death and Taxes – both of which can be expen...

  • Is Smoking E-Cigarettes a Healthy Alternative?

    Posted May 22, 2013 by Alicia Belczanska

    Smoking without tobacco has never been done before but in just recent years it has been possible. With the new device called the electronic cigarette the standards of smoking have been changed. It has been said that the e-cig is a healthier way to smoke. It is said that the e-cig has removed the har...

  • Angels on earth in Guatemala need YOUR help

    Posted May 22, 2013 by Femke Spiering

    Our son Daniel (now 13 years old) lived here the first 9 months of his life so he did not have to live like the child in the picture. We are so greatfull that Claire and Larry took care of him(and hundreds of children after him), he is one ...of the most beautiful persons I met in my life. If you ha...

  • The difficult patient

    Posted May 20, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    Today I read a blog post in asco connection about an oncologist that has a very similar experience to what happened to me: a patient that doesn't seem to trust you, but doesn't change doctors. I am transcribing certain parts of the post, to show what is, in my opinion , wrong about the approach the ...

  • To Truly Love Yourself...

    Posted May 20, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    This last month has been really heavy for me… I feel the energies have intensified so much these past few weeks, vibrating at a very fast and high frequency…  not only coming from the cosmos but also from the centre of the earth… like hot flames burning away all my yesterdays that no longer s...

  • Falling in Love... with IAM

    Posted May 20, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    I was about 27 when my new felt freedom of exploring life and experiencing what I liked and desired in life (of the previous 9 years from when I left the family nest at 18), began to filter into my consciousness…  I became aware of deep feelings inside of me, awakening a new sense of BEING… a...

  • Infinite Love... A poem to my mum...

    Posted May 20, 2013 by Barbara Franken

      I REMEMBER feeling you for the first time, so soft and cuddly and feeling a sense of belonging… I REMEMBER blowing out my first birthday candle, making a mess and bouncing in an indoor chair… I REMEMBER playing with my sister outdoors and in our conservatory watching the caterpillars, chrysal...

  • Creative Expression Workshop - 30th May 2013

    Posted May 20, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    This is your invitation to join Barbara on   Thursday 30th May, 11-17 hr  Mazarron Country Club, Murcia, Spain For a fun and creative ‘me day’ with friends in a safe and quiet space… Connecting to your innate passion and joy, allowing yourself to imagine, be inspired and express your beingness, yo...

  • Marbella International Property Show, 28-31 May

    Posted May 17, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Set in the opulent surroundings of Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Benahavís, Marbella – the exclusive establishment patronised by American First Lady Michelle Obama on her 2010 visit to the region – I attended the press conference yesterday* launching MIPS 2013: the Marbella International Property S...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 16 May 2013 (extract)

    Posted May 16, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Diary Date: Saturday 18 May is International Museum Day – special events all over Spain including free admission, free guided tours, behind-the-scenes visits and lots more.   Top Offers this Week -  Samsung promo: free Galaxy Mini 2 when you buy one of their new EcoBubble Series F washing machines ...

  • SNAPSAFE

    Posted May 15, 2013 by Aiveen omalley

    Just to invite everyone to look at wegodoit.com/snapsafe-the clever little strap with lots of uses! secure your handbag to chair at cafes, use at the airport, on buggys even carry multiples of shopping together! Can also be used to secure your precious pooch! Blinged up or plain-you decide! Can also...

  • New services

    Posted May 15, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    I am now adding this two new services: * Help if you fall ill during your vacation: there are few things more terrifying than being sick In a foreign country. That is even worse If you don't speak the language. So we are proposing a new service that consists of: . Suggesting reputable hospitals to g...

  • Two Old Fools and Hard Water

    Posted May 13, 2013 by Victoria Twead

    Nature has been playing tricks on us here in Spain. Some days we've been fooled into thinking summer has arrived, with clear blue skies and scorching sun. I packed away our winter clothes but soon regretted it. Temperatures dropped, strong winds blew up and the clouds piled over the mountains in fif...

  • Hitting the New York Times Bestseller List

    Posted May 13, 2013 by Victoria Twead

    I didn't think things could get any better when first Chickens, then Camel, became Amazon bestsellers. But I was wrong. This is how it happened... I woke up, staggered out of bed and sleepily switched on my lap-top. I always have a full email inbox, but that morning it was bursting. Agencies were ...

  • New Passport Rules for UK Nationals in Spain

    Posted May 11, 2013 by Elle Draper

    New rules were announced this week... which affect those of us that live in Spain, but are British Nationals. We no longer apply for our passports via the office in Madrid. Now all applications need to go via Belfast. Press release: 7 May 2013 CHANGE TO PASSPORT SERVICE FOR BRITISH NATIONALS Briti...

  • Are You Living Your Beliefs?

    Posted May 10, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    Often our lives are a direct result of that which we believe.  It includes it all, the good, the bad and the really ugly.   Have you stopped to think why some things are not working out as you expected them to be?   Does it seem to you like money comes, and money goes, and sometimes, mostly goes, a...

  • I'm going to be 110 years old in a minute!

    Posted May 10, 2013 by Elle Draper

    Well it's Friday! Where has the week gone? Actually... scrap that... where has the year gone? It's May already!! Ooh hang on... where have the last 4 decades gone!? I'm in my 40s now... yet I still remember, clear as day, sitting in a classroom aged ten... thinking how weird it would be to be appro...

  • Euro News – Euro Weakens Below 1.30 Against Bullish US Dollar

    Posted May 10, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8422 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8450 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Money Saver Spain - Newsletter 9 May 2013

    Posted May 9, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News The EU is questioning why sales tax is applied on school lunches in Spain when they could be tax-free. Tax was increased from 10% to 21% last September on school lunches for children over 6 years old.   Did you know that spam phone calls are illegal in Spain? If you’re fed up of being...

  • MMR and autism

    Posted May 9, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    In 1998, Dr Andrew Wakefield wrote a paper that was published in The Lancet (1), where he said he had found a correlation between the MMR  (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine and autism. The study consisted only in 12 children, and after it got published it generated great anti-vaccination theories...

  • I want to Coach Anyone Who wants to Improve Their Future

    Posted May 6, 2013 by Susan Cheers

    I want to coach people. I am such an enthusiastic, happy, inspiring person and want to positively affect all those around me. I want you to feel better about yourself, have more confidence and carve out a better future for yourself. If you feel as if you want a bit of a boost and would benefit from ...

  • Women Entrepreneurship Day – 15 May, Barcelona

    Posted May 6, 2013 by Chris Dove

    The Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME) in Barcelona is organising the first Women Entrepreneurship Day for their “Young Women as Job Creators” project. Taking place at the International University of Catalonia (UIC), the event is hosted in collaboration with the Ca...

  • Foodie in Spain

    Posted May 5, 2013 by Molly

    Here´s is yummy round up of Foodie articles I have written The most recent one is How to Eat your way around Spain!   http://www.piccavey.com/blog/food-foodie-blog/   Enjoy!   Molly   P.S have a great week all... the Sun´s finally here

  • Euro Exchange Rate News – Eurozone Record High Unemployment and ECB Rate Decision Cause Euro Movement

    Posted May 3, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8430 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8443 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 2 May 2013

    Posted May 2, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News In Spain around 200,000 secondhand phones are bought every month – so why keep hoarding your old ones at home? You can now sell your used mobiles at Carrefour (currently only at limited stores) or at El Corte Ingles, as well as online. If your mobiles are really old and only worth cen...

  • Learning to trade online with Andalucía Lab, Marbella

    Posted May 1, 2013 by Chris Dove

    Having studied Internet Journalism at London School of Journalism and worked for four years as EU Business Support, Finance & Technology Manager for London Docklands Development Corporation and London East Training and Enterprise Council, Chris Dove accepted an invitation from Marbella’s Andaluc...

  • Very exclusive and authentic trip to our beloved Lecrin Valley and surroundings.

    Posted April 29, 2013 by Femke Spiering

    My friend Lala Ema has arranged a very exclusive and authentic trip to our beloved Lecrin Valley ; 'FOOD & MUSIC BUCOLIC HOLIDAY IN ANDALUSIA, SEPTEMBER 16-20 2013' included ofcourse a visit Casa Lavanda.(please like our facebook page) Do not miss this unique trip and book now (limited places av...

  • Weekly Euro Round-Up – Eurozone Recession Deepening Causes Euro Losses

    Posted April 26, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8565 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8436 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 25 April 2013

    Posted April 25, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Important Deadline: 30 April   Don’t forget that you’ll have to declare all your foreign-held assets (over 50,000€) if you’re resident in Spain for tax purposes. See our post from last month. Consumer News   Now all contracts for electricity, mobile & gas services contracted by phone must be fo...

  • Cosmetic Acupuncture - natural anti-aeging

    Posted April 23, 2013 by Ruth Westnidge

    Acupuncture Barcelona offers Cosmetic Acupuncture in the city... Properly performed, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a way to look and feel good - without any 'magic promises'! Help to minimize wrinkles & fine lines Help to lift sagging muscles that have lost their 'Qi' (energy) tone Help for 'puffyn...

  • The Law Regarding Car Insurance in Spain

    Posted April 23, 2013 by Janette Schoof

    When living in a foreign country we are aware that many things are different. For the most part that is why we are here; because we like the differences. However when it comes to the law we need to make sure we are informed correctly so we are not caught out. Nobody wants to pay more than necessary ...

  • EHIC and Hospital costa del sol - be careful

    Posted April 22, 2013 by maria cecilia tacchi

    After reading many many stories saying that some hospitals in spain were refusing the EHIC, I decided to do some research myself. So I called the Hospital Costa del Sol and said that I had a guest with stomach-ache, and he had the EHIC. the woman that answered said that it would cover only "First A...

  • Let's get RIPPLIN!!!!!!!

    Posted April 21, 2013 by Susan Jamieson

    Hello Ladies This has just come to my attention, it is a new platform called "RIPPLIN" which is to be launched at the end of May. It anticipates being bigger than facebook and twitter combined!!  There is a pre-launch window for people to get involved by invite ONLY.  This is worth taking 5 mins t...

  • Schools

    Posted April 21, 2013 by Jillian Greig

    Hi everyone! What do you think - St Anthony's College or Sunland School? Could you run a wee poll for me and share your experiences please. I would love to hear your views and experiences about these schools. Have visited them both and its now decision time! Many thanks Jillian

  • UK Tax Returns for 2012/13 Tax Year

    Posted April 20, 2013 by Claire Jefferson

    UK Personal Tax Return service - Do you live in the Costa Blanca but still need to complete a UK Tax Return? Here are a few of the reasons that you may qualify to complete a Tax Return Do you have property that you rent out? Are you a director of a Ltd company? Do you live here in Spain but work as...

  • Information on Energy Performance Certificates via Artica Energy Performance

    Posted April 20, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    Energy Performance Certificates Become Obligatory in Spain Marbella, Spain--The Spanish government has finally published the Royal Decree relating to a new legislation which will make it obligatory for all properties being rented or sold after the 1st of June to have “energy performance certificates...

  • Weekly Euro Round-Up – Political Uncertainty in Italy Could Trigger Next Eurozone Crisis

    Posted April 19, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8524 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8530 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 18 April 2013

    Posted April 18, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News   A new law (still pending approval in the Senate) will mean major changes for anyone wanting to rent their property to tourists for days/weeks. Given the rise of these rentals, especially online, the Spanish Government sees them as unfair competition for traditional tourism in hotels ...

  • Bio Baby World

    Posted April 18, 2013 by Christine Sotovital

    Whatever product  anyone recommends to you,  you are the ultimate person responsible for your baby´s body and skin care.  In this regard, you need to be completely confident  in  the product you are using on your baby.  Here at Sotovital Beauty and Health Center, we understand the needs you and your...

  • Facelift without surgery? At home? Now, it is possible.

    Posted April 12, 2013 by maria haider

     SKIN REJUVENATION without any plastic surgery or needles.   New improvement of Radio frequency, Biolift and Photon Light for home use.   This magnificent apparatus includes 3 different type of treatments for skin beautifying and skin rejuvenation.   Easy to learn, easy to use, painless and no side-...

  • New breakthrough in Anti-Aging skin treatments!

    Posted April 12, 2013 by Diane Fumat

    VI Peel the New breakthrough in Anti-Aging skin treatments!   From Beverly Hills to Marbella, I bring you the “No pain, no skin preparation, no downtime peel” that took America by storm.     Created by Dr Kalil in 2006, VI Peel is the ”‘New Generation of Peel”  based on Prevention and Repair by syne...

  • Sotovital Beauty Tip !!!

    Posted April 12, 2013 by Christine Sotovital

    The first rule of beauty and skin care  is to cleanse your skin always before applying any type of  product. Do not use soap !!!! as soap has an alkaline ph and will strip the natural oils from your skin as well as changing the natural level of acidity in the  skin. These changes will leave your ski...

  • Weekly Euro Round-Up – EU Meeting Could Cause Euro Movement

    Posted April 12, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8489 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8498 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...

  • Know when to Fold Them. The Art of Walking Away!

    Posted April 12, 2013 by Ali Rodriguez

    Do you always know when you have a winning hand?  And if so, do you know when to hold them?  Or do you some times, untimely fold?  Don’t you just hate it when that happens?   And then, even at times, when you have a winning hand, you suddenly realize it’s time to walk away!  Perhaps doing it in th...

  • Money Saver Spain Newsletter 11 April 2013

    Posted April 11, 2013 by Maxine Raynor

    Consumer News 2014 sees changes in the local car tax in Spain, which will be based on emissions of CO2 and NOx. The idea is to penalise owners of older cars and Central Government will leave part of the tax up to each municipality to decide what rates to set.   There have been lots of complaints to...

  • Personal assistant, administrator with 25 years experience from working in london

    Posted April 11, 2013 by Sarah Philp

    Hi, if anyone needs any assistance with administration, organizing, or a personal office assistant. Even if it is just for a couple of hours per week. I have over 25 years experience from working in London in both large and small organizations. If this is of interest call Sarah on 674 133 839 or ema...

  • Sharing more Diversity and Creativity

    Posted April 10, 2013 by Ali Meehan

    This week, Rashpal Rani Singh (project director and contributor) and two of the contributors Marina Nitzak and Petra Mikat were interviewed about the Costa Women Book - Costa Women - Diversity Meets Creativity  Listen in again to the interview here - Talk Radio Europe Have you bought your copy yet? ...

  • 'THEY COME BACK IN DREAMS: A NINE-YEAR STUDY OF A FAMILY VISITING FROM THE OTHER SIDE'

    Posted April 10, 2013 by Heather Behan

    Hi everyone, For those of you interested in personal evidence of life-after-death, the ebook of my dreams of real spirits is free to download from Amazon's Kindle today (10th April) and tomorrow (11th April). If you don't have a Kindle you can download a free app for a computer, iPad, etc.. Just Go...

  • LET'S SPEAK SPANISH !

    Posted April 9, 2013 by Sabrina Piermaria

    LET'S SPEAK SPANISH! COME AND LEARN IN A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT!! READ LEADING PRESS ARTICLES, PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH AND EXPAND YOUR VOCABOLARY Different levels & flexible hours!! Just Call and Join us! Club de Conversación Marbella +34 605 594 661 spanishlessons.marbella@gmail.com www.facebook.c...

  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Charity Fundraiser

    Posted April 8, 2013 by amanda lewis

    The coach at Studs & STilettos Ladies Football Club is running his 3rd & final Brighton Marathon thjs weekend, & is having a fundraising night on Friday 19th April at Bar Marie opposite St. Anthony's school on the Camino de Coin. He is hoping to reach his target of €10000 or will have to...

  • 1000 euros for an Easter bonnet!

    Posted April 7, 2013 by Molly

        Easter in Loja, Granada is celebrated with a slightly different tradition   Read more about it here http://www.piccavey.com/loja/ Hope you enjoyed your Easter break Molly

  • Loving Myself & what stops me...

    Posted April 7, 2013 by Barbara Franken

    My grand daughter and I painted this ‘intuitive painting’ last week… We were both not sure what it was about, we only knew that we were to let others know about ‘loving self’… of how important it is…to be happy for yourself, have joy in your life, know that nothing has to be perfect, trust the voice...

  • Its been a long time….

    Posted April 7, 2013 by Susan ASQUITH

    ...but since our last post we have had rather a lot on, including a funeral of a very young lady, me having the Norovirus and a bout of passing out known as the Vegus Reflex, Chris attending court over a car accident which happened four years ago (thankfully we won),  and of course Christmas and New...

  • 'Some' English Abroad.....

    Posted April 5, 2013 by Jane Walters

        My own particular ‘Costa’ experience is probably quite far removed from most of you other lovely ‘Costa Women’. I’ve spent the last 8 years or so, based in a quite rural, traditional Spanish village, where there is not a souvenir shop, a ‘real’ fish and chip restaurant, or ‘English’ bar, upmar...

  • Weekly Euro Round-Up – Euro slips as Eurozone outlook worsens

    Posted April 5, 2013 by Laura Parsons

    The Euro began the week trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8433 Today the Euro is trading against the British Pound in the region of 0.8489 Here we take a brief look at what's been happening with the Euro this week, and what could cause the Euro exchange rate to rise or fall in th...